Daily Television Coverage on Versus Starts at 12 Noon ET
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., January 31, 2007 – The USTA and U.S. Davis Cup Captain Patrick McEnroe today announced that world No. 4 Andy Roddick, No. 6 James Blake, and the No. 1 doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan will comprise the U.S. squad that will face the Czech Republic in the first round of the 2007 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas on an indoor red clay court in Ostrava’s CEZ Arena, February 9-11.
Versus and The Tennis Channel will air same-day coverage of all three days of competition.
Versus will broadcast each day at 12 noon ET. The Tennis Channel will re-air at 8 p.m. The opening day of play in the best-of-five match series features each country's No. 1 singles player against the No. 2 player from the other country. The pivotal doubles match is played Saturday followed by Sunday’s “reverse singles” starting with each country’s No. 1 player squaring off followed by the Nos. 2 players in the fifth and final match.
|Feb. 9||12:00 - 6:00 PM ET (Delay)||VERSUS||Singles |
|Feb. 9||8:00 PM ET (Re-air)||Tennis Channel||Singles |
|Feb. 10||12:00 - 3:00 PM ET (Delay)||VERSUS||Doubles |
|Feb. 10||8:00 PM ET (Re-air)||Tennis Channel||Doubles |
|Feb. 11||12:00 - 5:00 PM ET (Delay)||VERSUS||Singles |
|Feb. 11||8:00 PM ET (Re-air)||Tennis Channel||Singles |
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The United States begins the quest for its 32nd Davis Cup title with this best-of-five match series in the 16-nation Davis Cup World Group. Should the United States defeat the Czech Republic, the U.S. would host either Spain or Switzerland in the Davis Cup Quarterfinals in April.
“The Czech Republic will be a tough test for us, especially on clay,” said U.S. Davis Cup Captain Patrick McEnroe, who has led the United States to the 2004 Davis Cup Final and two semifinal finishes since taking over in 2001. “We know that if we want to win the Davis Cup again that we have to win matches like this on the road and on clay. Our guys are ready to show they are up to the challenge.”Roddick
, 24, has a 20-9 record in Davis Cup matches since joining the team in 2001, which places him sixth all-time in singles victories for the U.S. Davis Cup team. Roddick has played in all but one tie for the United States since his debut.
He has been the No. 1 player for the United States in all but two appearances – his debut at the 2001 Davis Cup First Round at Switzerland and the 2002 Davis Cup First Round win over the Slovak Republic (behind Pete Sampras) in Oklahoma City.
Blake, 27, is coming off his most successful season as a pro, ending 2006 ranked No. 4 in the world after winning five titles and finishing runner-up at the season-ending Tennis Masters Cup. Blake won his ninth career singles title earlier this month in Sydney.
Blake has a 12-7 overall record in Davis Cup (9-6 in singles; 3-1 in doubles), having represented the United States in nine ties over the past six years. Blake turned professional after completing his sophomore season at Harvard as the No. 1 player in college tennis. In 2001, he became the first former Harvard student to represent the United States in Davis Cup in 75 years. Dwight Davis, a senior at Harvard, founded the Davis Cup competition in 1900.
Bob Bryan, 28, half of the No. 1 doubles team in the world, holds a 9-1 record in Davis Cup doubles with twin brother Mike. The duo won their fifth career Grand Slam doubles title last week when they successfully defended their Australian Open title. The Bryan brothers have won 34 doubles titles as a team and are the most successful sibling doubles team in the Open era of professional tennis. Bob also won the mixed doubles titles at the US Open with three different partners: Katarina Srebotnik (2003), Vera Zvonareva (2004) and Martina Navratilova (2006).Mike Bryan
, 28, has played every doubles match for the U.S. Davis Cup team since he and his twin brother, Bob, joined the team in September 2003. They are the only brothers to pair in victory for the United States Davis Cup team. Together they ended 2006 as the No. 1 doubles team in the world for the third time in four years. Mike has 36 career ATP doubles titles and won the 2002 US Open and 2003 French Open mixed doubles titles with Lisa Raymond.
Czech Davis Cup Captain Jaroslav Navratil has named world No. 12 Tomas Berdych, No. 91 Lukas Dlouhy, No. 162 Ivo Minar and doubles specialist Pavel Vizner, to the team that will play in Ostrava.
The United States and the Czech Republic have met five times prior in Davis Cup.
The most recent meeting came in the 2000 Quarterfinals in Los Angeles when U.S. Captain John McEnroe led a United States team that featured Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras, the top two players in the world at the time, to a come-from-behind win.
Founded in 1900, Davis Cup is the world’s largest annual international men’s team competition with 131 nations competing this year. The United States leads all nations with 31 Davis Cup titles, the last coming in 1995.
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