Devin Britton and Ryan Harrison will serve as practice partners for the U.S. Davis Cup team when it travels to Porec, Croatia, for the 2009 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas quarterfinal tie, which will be played on an indoor clay court, July 10-12, the USTA and U.S. Davis Cup Captain Patrick McEnroe announced.
Britton and Harrison will train with the team during the week and will be on the bench with the players during the matches.
Britton, 18, from Jackson, Miss., recently became the youngest player to win the NCAA Division I Men’s Singles Championship as a freshman at the University of Mississippi. In September, Britton advanced through qualifying to become the first American to reach the US Open boys’ singles final since Andy Roddick and Robby Ginepri met for the title in 2000. Britton is entered in the Wimbledon boys’ singles championships, which begin Saturday.
Harrison, 17, from Bradenton, Fla., burst onto the scene at the 2008 U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships, when he joined Rafael Nadal and Richard Gasquet as the three youngest players to win a match at an ATP World Tour event since 1992; Harrison was 15 at the time. Since returning from a back injury earlier this year, Harrison has played exclusively on the USTA Pro Circuit and reached the quarterfinals of the $50,000 Challenger in Sarasota, Fla., in May. Last January, he earned a career-high ranking of No. 7 in the ITF World Junior Rankings after reaching the boys’ semifinals at the Australian Open.
The USTA and McEnroe expect to name the U.S. Davis Cup participants later this week.