The U.S. Davis Cup team, feauring the record-setting Bryan brothers, will march into the city of Chicago looking to notch a big win over Slovakia.
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By Nicholas J. Walz, USTA.com
The Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill., a suburb of Chicago, has been selected as the site for the 2014 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Play-off between the United States and Slovakia, Sept. 12-14. The arena will feature an indoor hard court and will have an expected capacity of approximately 8,000.
“Chicago is a great tennis town with passionate fans and we are looking forward to bringing Davis Cup to the city for the first time in more than 80 years,” said U.S. Davis Cup Captain Jim Courier. “This is a very important tie. I know we’ll bring our best and we know that Slovakia will play us tough, so we can’t wait to get out there and play in front of an enthusiastic, patriotic crowd. Chicago will be a great host for our guys and we hope everyone comes out to cheer the U.S. to victory.”
Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Thursday, July 17. A USTA member pre-sale will be held July 15-16. For more information and to order tickets, fans can visit usta.com/daviscup
"We are delighted the USTA has selected the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates to host this prestigious event," said Hoffman Estates Mayor William D. McLeod. "It will be a great opportunity for all sports fans throughout the Chicago-land area to enjoy world-class tennis."
The U.S. is 110-18 all-time in Davis Cup home ties, playing in 79 different venues in 34 states. The U.S. Davis Cup team has made just one prior appearance in Illinois, sweeping Japan in the America Zone final in 1928 at the Town & Fitness Club in Chicago. This will be the fourth consecutive home tie for the U.S. Davis Cup team.
The U.S. holds a 2-0 record over Slovakia in Davis Cup play. Possible players for the U.S. include doubles standouts Bob and Mike Bryan, who have won a record 21 matches in their Davis Cup careers, and top-ranked American singles player John Isner, currently No. 11 in the world. Other possibilities include Sam Querrey and Donald Young, both of whom played in the last U.S. in January against Great Britain, as well as two-time NCAA champion Steve Johnson, currently the No. 2 American in the world rankings at No. 68 (one spot ahead of Young).
They'll meet a Slovakian squad that in all probability will be led by 24-year-old Martin Klizan. The former Top 30 player has registered a perfect 3-0 match record in Slovakia's two wins against Latvia (5-0) in January and Austria (4-1) in April. The only other Slovakian player in the Top 100 is Lukas Lacko, at No. 87.
The Americans last faced the Slovaks in the 2003 World Group Play-off in Bratislava, where the U.S. won, 3-2, behind a team led by Andy Roddick, who won the US Open singles title the week before. Mardy Fish and the Bryan brothers also competed on the squad. The U.S. also played Slovakia in the 2002 World Group First Round in Oklahoma City, with the U.S. winning that tie, 5-0.
Tennis Channel will present live daily coverage of the U.S. vs. Slovakia. The winner of this tie qualifies for the 2015 Davis Cup World Group and is eligible to compete for the Davis Cup title next year. The losing nation will compete in their respective Zone Group I competition in 2015.