2014/07/31

Isner, Querrey and the Bryan Brothers to represent US in Davis Cup

john isner and sam querrey(courtesy of the USTA)

(January 20, 2014) WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — The USTA and U.S. Davis Cup Captain Jim Courier  announced that top-ranked American and world No. 13 John Isner, world No. 51 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 First Round tie against Great Britain. The best-of-five match series will be played on a temporary clay court in left field at Petco Park in San Diego January 31-February 2.

 

Reigning Wimbledon champion Andy Murray is expected to compete for Great Britain. The United States-Great Britain rivalry is the oldest in Davis Cup history, dating back to the first competition in 1900. The U.S. holds an 11-7 record against Great Britain in Davis Cup play, winning the last four ties.

 

The best-of-five match series begins Friday, January 31, at 11 a.m. PT, 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 noon. The final day of play on Sunday, also beginning at 11 a.m. PT, 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.

 

The U.S. is 110-17 all-time in Davis Cup ties played at home and has played in 78 different venues in 34 states. The U.S. Davis Cup team is 17-2 in the state of California and is undefeated in six matches in the San Diego area (1-0 in San Diego and La Jolla; 4-0 in Carlsbad). The winner of this tie will play the Italy-Argentina winner in the Quarterfinals.

 

Isner, 28, is ranked No. 13 and won his eighth ATP World Tour singles title earlier this month in Auckland, New Zealand. Isner will be competing in his ninth Davis Cup tie; he is 6-7 in singles and 2-0 in doubles. In 2012, Isner defeated Roger Federer in the U.S. Davis Cup team’s first round win at Switzerland, one of the biggest wins of his career. Isner went 1-2 in singles in two Davis Cup ties last year, with one of the defeats coming to then-world No. 1 Novak Djokovic. The tallest player in U.S. Davis Cup history, at 6-foot-10, Isner made his Davis Cup debut in the 2010 World Group First Round in Serbia, where he became the first U.S. player to compete in three live rubbers in the same tie since James Blake in the 2003 first round.  Isner represented the U.S. in the 2012 Olympics in London, reaching the quarterfinals before losing to Federer. He turned professional after an outstanding four-year career at the University of Georgia, leading the Bulldogs to the 2007 NCAA team title as a senior.

 

Querrey, 26, was ranked as high as No. 18 last year and was the top-ranked American man for the United States’ Quarterfinal tie against Serbia, when he beat Viktor Troicki and fell to Djokovic in four sets. Querrey, who will be competing in his seventh Davis Cup tie, played in his first Davis Cup tie at home and on a hard court in the 2013 first round in Jacksonville and clinched the tie for the U.S. in the fifth-and-decisive rubber, defeating Thiago Alves, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(3). It was the first time a U.S. Davis Cup match came down to the final match since Pete Sampras defeated Slava Doesedel of the Czech Republic in the 2000 quarterfinals in Los Angeles. Querrey had not won a live singles match prior to that weekend and ended up with two wins, also winning the opening rubber. Querrey now holds a 4-6 Davis Cup singles record (3-1 at home). He made his Davis Cup debut against then-world No. 1 Rafael Nadal on clay in Madrid in the 2008 World Group Semifinal, losing in four sets. Querrey holds seven career ATP singles titles and has been ranked as high as No. 17 in the world.

 

Bob and Mike Bryan, 35, hold a 20-4 doubles record together in U.S. Davis Cup competition. The 20 wins are first all-time in U.S. Davis Cup history for a tandem, and they are the only brothers to pair in victory for the U.S. Bob and Mike also hold the all-time Open era record of most Grand Slam men’s doubles titles (15) and ATP doubles titles (93). In addition, the Bryan brothers won the gold medal in doubles at the 2012 Olympics in London, where they completed a career Golden Slam by winning all four Grand Slam titles and an Olympic gold medal. The Bryans ended 2013 as the No. 1-ranked doubles team in the world, finishing as the top-ranked doubles team in the world for a record ninth time in 11 years.

 

Bob holds a 21-4 doubles record in Davis Cup competition and is also 4-2 in singles (all in dead rubbers). Mike holds a 22-4 record in Davis Cup doubles matches, playing without Bob just twice in his Davis Cup career. Bob did not compete in in the 2012 first round match at Switzerland due to the birth of his daughter, Micaela, teaming with Mardy Fish to defeat 2008 Olympic doubles gold medalists Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka to clinch the tie. Mike also partnered with Fish in the 2008 semifinal against Spain. In 2013, the Bryans lost consecutive Davis Cup doubles matches for the first time in their careers, including a 7-6 (5), 7-6 (1), 5-7, 4-6, 15-13 loss to Serbia in a near-record 4 hour, 23-minute match.

 

Additionally, Captain Courier also announced the practice partners for the U.S. Davis Cup team – 2013 USTA Boys’ 18s national champion Collin Altamirano and 2013 French Open junior quarterfinalist Noah Rubin. Altamirano, 18, won the USTA Boys’ 18s national title last August, becoming the first unseeded player to win the title in the 71 years the tournament has been in its current location in Kalamazoo, Mich. For the victory, Altamirano received a singles main draw wild card into the US Open, where he lost to Philipp Kohlschreiber. He also advanced to the quarterfinals of the US Open Junior Championship. Rubin, 17, has been ranked as high as No. 6 in the world among all juniors ages 18 and under and represented the U.S. in the 16-and-under Junior Davis Cup. Rubin trains at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy in New York and has been described by McEnroe as having Top-50 potential “at minimum.”

 

Founded in 1900, Davis Cup is the world’s largest annual international men’s team competition with 130 nations competing this year.  The U.S. leads all nations with 32 Davis Cup titles. The United States holds a 213-66 all-time Davis Cup record and owns the longest uninterrupted run in the World Group, dating back to 1989. For more information, including access to player and historical Davis Cup records, please go to www.usta.com/daviscup or www.daviscup.com.

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