The U.S. Davis Cup team will face Great Britain in the 2014 first round.
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By Erin Bruehl, USTA.com
The U.S. Davis Cup team will kick off its 2014 campaign at home, drawn to face Great Britain in the 2014 Davis Cup World Group First Round, Jan. 31-Feb. 2.
This will be the 18th meeting between the two countries in Davis Cup competition but the first since 1999, when the U.S. defeated Great Britain in a road tie, 3-2. The two countries were among the dominant powers in the early years of Davis Cup, and 10 of their 18 meetings came before 1930. Overall, the U.S. leads the head-to-head series, 11-7.
"Great Britain will be a challenging and exciting opponent for us," said U.S. Captain Jim Courier. "It’s going to memorable to have the two original Davis Cup nations face off again for the first time since the competition’s Centennial Celebration in 1999."
The location and surface for the tie will be announced at a later date. Team nominations for each squad will be announced no later than 10 days prior to the start of competition.
For the U.S., top-ranked singles players John Isner and Sam Querrey and the world No. 1 doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan competed in each tie for the U.S. Davis Cup team in 2013.
The U.S. Davis Cup team is looking to win its first Davis Cup crown since 2007, after a 2013 season in which it defeated Brazil, 3-2, in Jacksonville, Fla., in the first round before falling to world No. 1 Novak Djokovic and Serbia, 3-1, in Boise, Idaho, in the quarterfinals.
Great Britain secured its spot in the World Group for 2014 with a 4-1 victory over Croatia in the World Group Play-offs, after having competed during the 2013 season in the Europe/Africa Zone Group I. Two-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray secured all three singles points against Croatia, pairing with Colin Fleming to win the doubles match, to return Great Britain to the World Group for the first time since 2008.
The U.S. has won a record 32 Davis Cup championships in its history. Great Britain is tied with France for third with nine. (Australia has 28.)