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Davis Cup: Trophy Visits International Tennis Hall of Fame

May 25, 2008 01:28 PM

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The Davis Cup trophy continued its cross-country trek with an appearance at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in scenic Newport, Rhode Island.

Held at Bill Talbert Center Court, the International Tennis Hall of Fame inducted its Class of 2007 -- Pete Sampras, Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, Sven Davidson, and Russ Adams -- earlier this year on July 14.

Its first stop, the trophy also visited the Longwood Cricket Club in Brookline, Mass., where the competition was first played in 1900.

The United States will host defending champion Russia in the 2007 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Final, Nov. 30-Dec. 2 in Portland, Ore.

"This has been such a big goal for us as a team," said U.S. Davis Cup Captain Patrick McEnroe.

"So, yes, there is pressure. At the same time I think, as the great Billie Jean King said, pressure is a privilege. This is truly a privilege for us and for our guys, to have this kind of pressure, this much passion for this match.

I expect our guys to play exceptionally well. Again, that doesn't guarantee a win because we're playing against a very, very tough team with a lot of great players and a lot of versatility.

But we feel good about our chances and we feel like playing at home in front of our crowd, we'll take that kind of pressure."

The U.S. last hosted the final 15 years ago and won its last Davis Cup title in 1995, defeating Russia in the final on clay in Moscow.

The American "Band of Brothers" -- Andy Roddick, James Blake, Bob Bryan, and Mike Bryan -- are expected to receive team nominations.



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