US names Davis Cup players for match in Jacksonville against Brazil
The USTA and U.S. Davis Cup Captain Jim Courier announced Tuesday that world No. 13 John Isner, No. 22 Sam Querrey and 2012 Olympic doubles gold medalists Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan will represent the United States in the 2013 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas First Round tie against Brazil, Feb. 1-3.
The tie will be played on an indoor hard court at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.
Tickets are still available for the best-of-five match series and are sold in individual sessions or as three-day ticket packages. Individual session tickets range in price from $40 to $180. Three-day ticket packages start at $30 a session ($90 for a three-day package) to $166 a session ($500 for a three-day package). Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com and usta.com/daviscup, by calling 1-888-484-USTA (8782), or at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena Box Office from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday.
Brazil, which is playing in the World Group for the first time since 2003, announced its roster of No. 33 Thomaz Bellucci, No. 145 Thiago Alves, and Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares, who are ranked No. 17 and No. 19 in doubles, respectively.
Matches will be telecast live on Tennis Channel and begin at 2 p.m. on Friday and noon on Saturday and Sunday. The best-of-five match series begins Friday 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. The final day of play on Sunday 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, at which time they become best-of-three sets. A revised schedule for Sunday may take place if a team clinches in the third or fourth match.
The winner of this tie will face the winner of Serbia and Belgium in the quarterfinal round April 5-7. Should the U.S. defeat Brazil, it would host the quarterfinal.
This will mark the fifth meeting between the U.S. and Brazil in Davis Cup. The U.S. leads the overall series, 3-1, with its last victory against Brazil coming in the 1997 first round in Ribeirao Preto, Brazil, when Courier and MaliVai Washington led the U.S. to a 4-1 win. The U.S. is 109-16 all-time in Davis Cup ties played at home and undefeated in Florida (6-0).
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