Interview Transcript: U.S. Captain Patrick McEnroe
By Jason Brown, USTA.com
Sticking with the mainstays that have carried the team in the past five ties, United States Davis Cup Captain Patrick McEnroe nominated Andy Roddick, James Blake, Bob Bryan, and Mike Bryan to play for the U.S. in the 2007 World Group Quarterfinal against Spain.
Following an impressive 4-1, first round victory on the road in Ostrava over the Czech Republic, the U.S. will host Spain, April 6-8, at the sold-out Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
“There’s no surprises with our line-up. We’ll have the same team for six straight ties and the guys have a great team mentality towards Davis Cup,” said McEnroe.
“Spain will be a strong test for us, but we know there will be a sold-out, enthusiastic crowd on our side.”
The maximum capacity for the indoor arena, a three-day sell-out crowd of 14,453 will root on the Americans in their quest to take the next step toward winning the prestigious Davis Cup.
The expected crowd is the third-largest in U.S. Davis Cup history dating back to the final in 1990.
The city of Winston-Salem has special meaning to the U.S., as it was the site of Roddick and Blake’s first career Davis Cup ties and McEnroe’s debut as captain.
The best-of-five match series is expected to feature up to four of the top eight players in the world.
No. 3 Roddick and No. 8 Blake will play singles for the U.S., and Spain could counter with second-ranked Rafael Nadal and No. 6 Tommy Robredo.
A cohesive, youthful, and talented U.S. squad, McEnroe has consistently selected Roddick (22-9) and Blake (12-8) as his singles stalwarts.
Extremely well-rounded, the team is boosted by the intimidating presence of the top-ranked doubles pair in the world, Bob and Mike Bryan.
The Bryans, 10-1 in their remarkable Davis Cup career, have won five consecutive doubles rubbers in a row, dropping just a single set over that span.
Mardy Fish, a member of the 2004 U.S. team that fell to Spain in the final in Seville, will travel with the team.
He will be joined by practice partner Donald Young, a left-handed top-ranked junior whose game is starting to mature.
Spanish captain Emilio Sanchez is scheduled to announce the make-up of his team on Monday, March 26 at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami.
To reach the quarterfinal, Spain came from behind to defeat host Switzerland in Geneva, 3-2. Nominated to play, but injured for that tie, Nadal has since won the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, including a victory over Roddick in the semifinals.
Versus will air live coverage daily at 2 p.m. ET and The Tennis Channel will air a primetime rebroadcast each evening beginning at 8 p.m. ET.
|April 6||2:00 - 6:00 PM ET (Live)||Versus||Singles |
|April 6||8:00 PM ET (Encore)||Tennis Channel||Singles |
|April 7||2:00 - 3:00 PM ET (Live)||Versus||Doubles |
|April 7||8:00 PM ET (Encore)||Tennis Channel||Doubles |
|April 8||2:00 - 5:00 PM ET (Live)||Versus||Singles |
|April 8||8:00 PM ET (Encore)||Tennis Channel||Singles |
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In the first round against the Czech Republic on indoor red clay, the U.S. was led by a pair of singles wins from Roddick, including one of his best Davis Cup victories ever, a four-set triumph over Czech No. 1 Tomas Berdych.
Play begins at 2 p.m. eastern each day in Winston-Salem. Two singles matches will be played on Friday, April 6.
The doubles match will take center-stage on Saturday, April 7. The weekend concludes on Sunday with the two reverse singles.
Local organizers in Winston-Salem have planed a full week of activities in conjunction with the Davis Cup quarterfinal, including street clinics, cardio tennis exhibitions and a concert in the downtown area.
The winner of the U.S.-Spain tie will advance to face either Sweden or Argentina in the World Group semifinals, September 21-23.
If the U.S. should defeat Spain, they are guaranteed to travel abroad in their next tie.
AIG is the official sponsor of the U.S. Davis Cup team. Wilson is the official ball of the U.S. Davis Cup team.