John Isner is the top-ranked player for the U.S. Davis Cup squad, which will open play in 2015 against Great Britain.
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By Nicholas J. Walz, USTA.com
U.S. Davis Cup Captain Jim Courier has announced that top-ranked American and world No. 15 John Isner, world No. 57 Sam Querrey and the world’s No. 1 doubles team of Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan will represent the United States in the 2014 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Play-off against Slovakia.
The best-of-five match series will be played on an indoor hard court at Sears Centre Arena, Sept. 12-14, in Hoffman Estates, Ill., a suburb of Chicago.
Slovakia Captain Miloslav Mecir named world No. 65 Martin Klizan, No. 84 Lukas Lacko, No. 129 Norbert Gombos and former Top 20 doubles player Michal Mertinak to his team.
Play begins on Friday, Sept. 12, at 4:00 p.m. CT, with two singles matches featuring each country’s No. 1 player against the other country’s No. 2 player. Saturday’s schedule features the pivotal doubles match at 2:00 p.m. CT. The final day of play on Sunday, beginning at 12:30 p.m. CT, will feature two “reverse singles” matches, when the No. 1 players square off followed by the No. 2 players meeting each other in the final match. All matches are best-of-five sets until one nation clinches the tie. A revised schedule for Sunday may take place if a team clinches in the third or fourth match.
Single-day tickets for Friday, Saturday or Sunday are sold with prices starting at $65 and up to $175 per day. Three-day ticket packages are available starting at $90 for the three days. Tickets can be purchased:
Davis Cup will be played in Illinois for the first time since 1928, when the U.S. swept Japan at the Town & Fitness Club in Chicago. The U.S. is 110-18 all-time in Davis Cup ties played at home and holds a 2-0 record over 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 its respective Zone Group I competition in 2015.
Additionally, Captain Courier announced the practice partners for the U.S. Davis Cup team – 2014 NCAA singles champion for UCLA Marcos Giron and three-time University of Michigan All-American and Chicago native Evan King.