(September 18, 2013) The oldest rivalry in Davis Cup history will be renewed next year as the United States drew Great Britain in the first round of the 2014 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas at today’s draw ceremony in London. The United States defeated Great Britain in the first Davis Cup competition in 1900 and will host them again , January 31-February 2 at a venue and on a surface to be determined by the USTA.
“Great Britain will be a challenging and exciting opponent for us,” said 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 U.S. last faced Great Britain in the 1999 World Group First Round in Birmingham, England. The United States won that tie, 3-2, when current U.S. Davis Cup Captain Jim Courier rallied in the fifth and decisive match to defeat Greg Rusedski in the fifth set, 8-6. Courier also won a five-set match on the opening day of that tie, defeating Tim Henman in four-hours and 12-minutes.
The United States-Great Britain rivalry is the oldest rivalry in Davis Cup history, dating back to the first competition. The U.S. holds an 11-7 record against Great Britain in Davis Cup play, winning the last four ties. Great Britain’s last win in the series came in 1935. The 1999 first round tie was the only meeting between the two nations under the current World Group format.
The USTA has begun its selection process for hosting this marquee match-up. The timeline for interested parties in bidding to host is as follows:
- Friday, October 4 – Deadline to notify the USTA of intent to bid
- Friday, October 25 – Deadline to submit bid to the USTA
- Mid-November – Anticipated announcement of site selection
The RFP can be found at usta.com/daviscup or at this link.