U.S. picks Birmingham
for Davis Cup Tie
Ashley Marshall | November 17, 2016
The U.S. Davis Cup team will return to Birmingham, Ala., for the first time in eight years when it hosts the first-round tie against Switzerland, it was announced Thursday.
The Legacy Arena at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC) will welcome some of the best players in the sport for the World Group contest, which will take place Feb. 3-5.
Birmingham last hosted Davis Cup in 2009, when Team USA also took on Switzerland in the World Group First Round at the BJCC. In that matchup, the U.S. team of Andy Roddick, James Blake, and Bob and Mike Bryan defeated Switzerland, 4-1.
“Birmingham was a fantastic host for our players, fans, and staff in 2009 and we are thrilled to be coming back,” said USTA President Katrina Adams.“Davis Cup is a unique event and we look forward to showcasing high-quality tennis, while also growing the game in this community. We expect fans to fill the stands and to come out once again to cheer on Team USA to victory in our first step to the Davis Cup trophy.”
U.S. Davis Cup captain Jim Courier will select the four players to represent the U.S. no later than 10 days prior to the event. The U.S. team is expected to be led by Top 25 players Jack Sock and John Isner (above).
The U.S. holds a 3-1 record over Switzerland in Davis Cup. The U.S. last faced Switzerland in the 2012 World Group First Round in Fribourg, Switzerland. The Americans swept that tie, 5-0, with Isner upsetting Roger Federer and Mardy Fish beating Wawrinka before the Bryan brothers secured the win.
In addition to facing Switzerland in Birmingham in 2009, the U.S. also squared off against the Swiss in 1992 and 2001, with Switzerland’s only win coming in 2001.
The winner of February’s tie advances to the World Group Quarterfinal, to be held April 7-9, and will play either the Czech Republic or Australia. The losing nation will compete in the World Group Playoff, Sept. 15-17, for the right to remain in the World Group in 2018.
The best-of-five match series between the U.S. and Switzerland begins on Friday, Feb. 3, 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. And the final day of play on Sunday features the 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 tiebreak sets; the first country to win three matches wins the tie. A revised schedule for Sunday may take place if a team clinches in the third or fourth match.
Tickets will go on sale to the public on Friday, Dec. 9, at 10 a.m. CT. An exclusive pre-sale for USTA members will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 7, and Thursday, Dec. 8.
From Friday, Dec. 9, through Thursday, Jan. 5, only three-day ticket packages will be sold at prices ranging from $90 to $500 ($30 to $166 per day), representing the greatest initial ticket value.
Beginning on Friday, Jan. 6, at 10 a.m. CT and pending availability, fans will then have access to only single-day tickets for Friday, Saturday, or Sunday with prices ranging from $40 to $175 per day. Fans are encouraged to purchase three-day ticket packages to take advantage of the best prices and to ensure availability.
Tickets may be purchased by clicking here or by calling 888-484-USTA (8782).