April 29, 2017

Sock Versus Thompson to Lead Off U.S. – Australia Davis Cup Quarterfinal Tie

Nick Kyrgios and Jack Sock

(April 6, 2017) As the United States top player, Jack Sock will lead off against Australia’s Jordan Thompson in Davis Cup World group play in Brisbane in Pat Rafter Arena on Friday, followed by Nick Kyrgios against John Isner.

This is the second year in a row that the two teams with the most Davis Cup titles are meeting in the World Group. Last year, the U.S. beat Australia in the first round. The last time they met in the final eight, Australian won 4-1 with Lleyton Hewitt, the current Australian Captain, making his Davis Cup debut and U.S. Captain Jim Courier was on the U.S. team.

“Jack’s going to be ready to go first-ball, he’ll be ready to get playing, and John will be there to back him up. It’s the same as every other draw,” said U.S. Captain Jim Courier. “We know what’s going to happen. We’re going to play.”

Jack Sock

Sock on playing Thompson: I’ve seen him play a decent amount. I know he had a great Aussie summer down here in January, had some great wins, played some great tennis. But I mean Davis Cup, you know, anything can happen. He’s going to come out playing in front of his home fans, home crowd. Like the captain said, fighting for every point, running down every ball, so I’m going to have to play very well to win, but yeah, I’m just going to go out and look to kind of play my style and hopefully get us off to a good start.

Nick Kyrgios

Fresh off reaching the semifinals of the Miami Open, No. 16 Kyrgios said: “I’m looking forward to getting back here and having some home support.” “I think anything is possible this year.”

“It’s obviously going to be pretty tough (playing Isner). We all know he’s got one of the greatest serves. I played him last year, and you know, I feel confident with that match up. But yeah, I feel comfortable playing second. I’ll be out there for some of Tommo’s match. I think it’s a good match up with him against Sock. I think he can do really good.”


“I’ve played him three times,” Isner said. “In my opinion in think he’s a lot more mature now. I think right now a lot of people could argue that he’s maybe playing the best tennis he’s ever played. Everyone knows what he can bring to the table, what his strengths are: his serve, his forehand, his backhand, his shot-making. He’s an incredible player, but I’ve played him three times, so I’m a little bit used to the matchup. I just know tomorrow’s going to be a very fun match, and I’m going to go out there and try to play my best.”


The U.S. holds a 26-20 record against the Aussies.

Lineup for the weekend:


Friday, 12:00 p.m. (10 p.m. ET)

Singles A:  Jack Sock (USA) vs. Jordan Thompson (AUS)

Singles B:  John Isner (USA) vs. Nick Kyrgios (AUS)


Saturday, 1:00 p.m. (11 p.m. ET)

Doubles:    Sam Querrey / Steve Johnson (USA) v. John Peers / Sam Groth (AUS)


Sunday, 12:00 p.m. (10 p.m. ET)

Singles C:   Jack Sock (USA) vs. Nick Kyrgios (AUS)

Singles D:   John Isner (USA) vs. Jordan Thompson (AUS)


Tennis Channel to Air U.S. Versus Australia Davis Cup Quarterfinal Tie This Weekend

(April 5, 2017) -Tennis Channel will provide exclusive live coverage of the U.S. Davis Cup team’s quarterfinal competition against Australia in Brisbane, Australia, this weekend, with the first match underway Thursday, April 6, at 10 p.m. ET. The United States and Australia are the most successful nations in Davis Cup history, with a rivalry that dates back to 1905. Australia is second only to the United States on the all-time list of tournament champions, with 28 to the Americans’ 32. The United States is bidding to reach the Davis Cup semifinals for the first time since 2012. Hall of Fame Captain (and Tennis Channel analyst) Jim Courier will lead the same four top-ranked American men’s singles players – Jack Sock, John Isner, Sam Querrey and Steve Johnson – who defeated Switzerland 5-0 in the first round.


The meeting will consist of two singles matches on Thursday, followed by the doubles match Friday, April 7, at 11 p.m. ET. Tennis Channel’s coverage concludes with the remaining singles play Saturday, April 8, at 10 p.m. ET. Each match is worth one point, with three victories enough to secure a trip to the September semifinals to play the winner of the Belgium and Italy quarterfinal.


In addition to covering the United States-Australia matchup this weekend, Tennis Channel’s digital subscription service, Tennis Channel Plus, will show the three other Davis Cup quarterfinals. Beginning Friday, April 7, viewers can watch 2015 Davis Cup champion Britain play France in Rouen, France; 2015 Davis Cup finalist Belgium host Italy in Charleroi, Belgium; and Serbia take on Spain in Belgrade, Serbia. Following live coverage, all three will be available on-demand on the digital subscription service (www.tennischanneleverywhere.com), which is available to everyone in the United States regardless of whether they subscribe to Tennis Channel.  Other stars set to play Davis Cup this weekend include Serbia’s World No. 2 Novak Djokovic and Britain’s Jamie Murray.


Tennis Channel’s Los Angeles studio will be the central media hub for Davis Cup competition throughout the weekend, anchored by former U.S. Davis Cup player Leif Shiras (@LShirock).


Tennis Channel’s live Davis Cup coverage is as follows (all times ET):

Thursday, April 6:

10 p.m. – Singles USA v. Australia


Friday, April 7:

7 a.m. – Singles France v. Britain (Tennis Channel Plus)

8 a.m. – Singles Serbia v. Spain (Tennis Channel Plus)

Singles Belgium v. Italy (Tennis Channel Plus)

11 p.m. – DoublesUSA v. Australia


Saturday, April 8:

7 a.m. – Doubles France v. Britain (Tennis Channel Plus)

9a.m. – Doubles Serbia v. Spain (Tennis Channel Plus)

Doubles Belgium v. Italy (Tennis Channel Plus)

10 p.m. – Singles USA v. Australia


Sunday, April 9:

6:30 a.m. – Singles France v. Britain (Tennis Channel Plus)

7 a.m. – Singles Serbia v. Spain (Tennis Channel Plus)

8:30 a.m. – Singles Belgium v. Italy (Tennis Channel Plus)


The United States and Australia have faced each other more times than any other countries in Davis Cup history, with a 26-20 U.S. advantage. The rivalry dates back to 1905, when the United States defeated Australasia, a combined team from New Zealand and Australia, 5-0 in London. Their most recent meeting came during last year’s Davis Cup first round, when the Americans beat the Australians3-1 in Melbourne, Australia. The American squad is bidding to win its first Davis Cup crown since 2007 and leads all nations with 32 Davis Cup titles.


Leading the U.S. team is Courier who,as a player, was on the 1999 team that lost to Australia in Chestnut Hill, Mass. That Australian team featured now retired star and current Davis Cup Captain Lleyton Hewitt. Sock, the top-ranked American player, leads the U.S. Davis Cup team into this weekend after an impressive semifinal appearance at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif., last month before falling to eventual champion Roger Federer. Isner holds 10 career singles titles and four doubles titles, including two with Querrey (Memphis in 2010 and Rome in 2011) and one with Sock (Shanghai in 2016). Querrey won his ninth title at the Mexican Open in Acapulco, Mexico, last month after defeating former World No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the final to become the first American champion in the event’s history. Last year, Johnson captured his first ATP singles title at the Nottingham Open in England, and started the year by reaching the semifinals at the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zeeland.


Australia enters this weekend’s match after defeating the Czech Republic 4-1 in the first round. The Australians hold 28 titles and are second on the all-time list of Davis Cup champions, behind only the United States. Hewitt will lead Nick Kyrgios, Jordan Thompson, Sam Groth and John Peers into battle this weekend.


ITF Announces Major Restructuring of Entry Level of Professional Tennis



ITF announces major restructuring of entry level of professional tennis


From the International Tennis Federation: The ITF Board of Directors has approved a major restructuring of professional tennis at its entry level. The reform programme of changes will include a radical reduction in the number of truly professional players and the creation of a new global ITF Transition Tour in 2019 that will provide opportunities for the next generation of talented players to enter the professional pathway.


The reform programme is in response to a three-year ITF Player Pathway review of professional and junior tennis that included an analysis of player and event data from 2001-13, and a survey of more than 50,000 stakeholders. The review established that there are too many players trying to compete on the professional circuit; too few players are breaking even; and the age of these players is increasing.  There are currently around 14,000 players competing in professional tennis events, almost half of whom do not earn any prize money.


The review also identified that it is taking longer for players to reach the top levels of the sport, and that many talented junior players experience considerable difficulty in transitioning to professional tennis.


In order to address these issues, the Board has approved the implementation in 2019 of a new ITF Transition Tour, featuring a new category of interim tournament at entry-level that will better aid the transition from junior to professional tennis and ensure a continued opportunity for players from any nation to join the player pathway. These tournaments will be held within a localised circuit structure that reduces costs and increases opportunity for players, and reduces staging costs for organisers.


Transition Tour tournaments will be created through the repositioning of the existing $15,000 (Level I) tournaments on the ITF Pro Circuit that will no longer be held as part of the Pro Circuit in 2019. Transition Tour tournaments will offer ITF Entry Points instead of ATP/WTA ranking points, with the two systems linked to ensure that the more successful players are able to use their ITF Entry Points to gain acceptance into ITF Pro Circuit tournaments.


The ITF’s proposed restructuring will radically reduce the number of professional players competing for ATP and WTA ranking points. The ITF’s extensive modelling work has led to a recommended professional player group of no more than 750 men and 750 women players. This new approach will introduce a clearer and more effective professional pathway and ensure that prize money levels at ITF Pro Circuit events are better targeted to ensure that more players can make a living from the professional game.


Players on the ITF Pro Circuit have already benefited from an extensive programme of prize money increases in 2016 and 2017 following the first part of the Player Pathway review, with total prize money increasing by around $1.5 million.


The ITF’s proposed Transition Tour will complement this new professional group, ensuring that all other players, especially the next generation of emerging talent, continue to access local playing opportunities that can lead to entry into the professional game.


The ITF will now work closely with its member nations, ATP and WTA on the implementation of the Transition Tour, including confirmation of the technical requirements, tournament schedule and new ranking point structure.


ITF President David Haggerty said: “The ITF’s Player Pathway study is the most comprehensive review of professional tennis ever undertaken and has highlighted the considerable challenges at the base of our game. Over 14,000 players competed at professional level last year which is simply too many. Radical changes are needed to address the issues of transition between the junior and professional game, playing affordability, and tournament cost.


“We have already taken an important step forward by increasing prize money levels at ITF Pro Circuit tournaments. The next step is to ensure the structure of professional tennis is fit for purpose through a targeted job opportunities approach that will create a smaller group of true professional players. At the same time it is imperative that we do not reduce the chance for players of any nation or background to start their journey towards the top 100. We believe that the introduction of a new entry level to the professional pathway will allow players to take the first steps towards becoming a future champion within a more targeted and affordable circuit structure. These changes will also ensure that players and their support team members can understand and measure their progress.”


The ITF Player Pathway review was undertaken to fully understand the tournament structure below Tour level. The review looked at improving the entry for players into professional tennis; increasing prize money and the ability for more players to make a living; raising event standards with a focus on integrity protection; and ensuring developing nations have the opportunity to produce world class players.


The Pro Circuit phase of the review can be found here


The Junior Circuit phase of the review can be found here


Nominations Announced for Davis Cup World Group Quarterfinals and Zone Group Ties

(March 28, 2017) The ITF has announced the official team nominations for the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group quarterfinals and Zone Group ties taking place on 7-9 April. A total of 27 ties and two zone group events will be held next week.


The draws for all ties will be held on Thursday 6 April.


The eight winners of the Zone Group I second round ties will qualify for the 2017 World Group play-offs, alongside the eight World Group first round losers. The Draw for the World Group play-offs will be held at the ITF offices on Tuesday 11 April at 10:00 local time (09:00 GMT).





Venue: Spiroudome de Charleroi, Charleroi, BEL (hard – indoor)



David Goffin

Steve Darcis

Ruben Bemelmans

Joris de Loore

Captain: Johan van Herck



Paolo Lorenzi

Fabio Fognini

Andreas Seppi

Simone Bolelli

Captain: Corrado Barazzutti



Venue: Pat Rafter Arena, Brisbane, AUS (hard – outdoor)



Nick Kyrgios

Jordan Thompson

Sam Groth

John Peers

Captain: Lleyton Hewitt



Jack Sock

John Isner

Sam Querrey

Steve Johnson

Captain: Jim Courier



Venue: Kindarena, Rouen, FRA (clay – indoor)



Lucas Pouille

Gilles Simon

Nicolas Mahut

Pierre-Hugues Herbert

Captain: Yannick Noah


Great Britain

Daniel Evans

Kyle Edmund

Jamie Murray

Dominic Inglot

Captain: Leon Smith



Venue: Aleksandar Nikolic Arena, Belgrade, SRB (hard – indoor)



Novak Djokovic

Viktor Troicki

Dusan Lajovic

Playing Captain: Nenad Zimonjic



Pablo Carreno Busta

Albert Ramos-Vinolas

Marcel Granollers

Marc Lopez

Captain: Conchita Martinez




Venue: Arena Zenica, Zenica, BIH (hard – indoor)



Damir Dzumhur

Mirza Basic

Nerman Fatic

Playing Captain: Tomislav Brkic



Robin Haase

Tallon Griekspoor

Thiemo de Bakker

Jean-Julien Rojer

Captain: Paul Haarhuis



Venue: Republic Olympic Training Center, Minsk, BLR (hard – indoor)



Ilya Ivashka

Egor Gerasimov

Yaraslav Shyla

Max Mirnyi

Captain: Vladimir Voltchkov



Gerald Melzer

Jurgen Melzer

Alexander Peya

Julian Knowle

Captain: Stefan Koubek



Venue: Club Internacional de Foot-Ball, Lisbon, POR (clay – indoor)



Joao Sousa

Gastao Elias

Pedro Sousa

Joao Domingues

Captain: Nuno Marques



Artem Smirnov

Denys Molchanov

Nikita Mashtakov

Illia Biloborodko

Captain: Andrei Medvedev





Venue: National Tennis Centre, Astana, KAZ (clay – indoor)



Mikhail Kukushkin
Aleksandr Nedovyesov
Dmitriy Popko
Andrey Golubev

Captain: Dias Doskarayev


China, P.R.

Wu Di

Zhang Ze

Bai Yan

Gong Mao-Xin

Captain: Jiang Wei



Venue: KSLTA Tennis Stadium, Bangalore, IND (hard – outdoor)



Ramkumar Ramanathan

Yuki Bhambri

Prajnesh Gunneswaran

Sriram Balaji

Captain: Mahesh Bhupathi



Denis Istomin

Sanjar Fayziev

Temur Ismailov

Farrukh Dustov

Captain: Petr Lebed





Venue: ASB Tennis Arena, Auckland, NZL (hard – outdoor)


New Zealand

Jose Statham

Michael Venus

Marcus Daniell

Artem Sitak

Captain: Alistair Hunt


Korea, Republic

Kwon Soon Woo

Hong Seong Chan

Chung Hong

Lee Jea Moon

Captain: Kim Jae-Sik





Venue: Club Tungurahua, Ambato, ECU (clay – outdoor)



Emilio Gomez

Roberto Quiroz

Ivan Endara

Gonzalo Escobar

Captain: Raul Viver



Thomaz Bellucci

Thiago Monteiro

Bruno Soares

Marcelo Melo

Captain: Joao Zwetsch



Venue: Country Club Ejecutivos, Medellin, COL (clay – outdoor)



Santiago Giraldo

Eduardo Struvay

Juan-Sebastian Cabal

Robert Farah

Captain: Pablo Gonzalez



Christian Garin

Nicolas Jarry

Marcelo Tomas Barrios Vera

Hans Podlipnik-Castillo

Captain: Nicolas Massu





Venue: Ali Bey Hotels & Resorts, Antalya, TUR (clay – outdoor)



Marsel Ilhan

Cem Ilkel

Altug Celikbilek

Anil Yuksel

Captain: Haluk Akkoyun



Elias Ymer

Christian Lindell

Andreas Siljestrom

Johan Brunstrom

Captain: Johan Hedsberg



Venue: Mziuri Tennis Club, Tbilisi, GEO (hard – outdoor)



Nikoloz Basilashvili

George Tsivadze

Zura Tkemaladze

Vazha Shubladze

Captain: David Kvernadze



Laurynas Grigelis

Lukas Mugevicius

Tadas Babelis

Tomas Vaise

Captain: Rimvydas Mugevicius



Venue: Stavanger Forum Expo, Stavanger, NOR (hard – indoor)



Casper Ruud

Viktor Durasovic

Simen Sunde Bratholm

Joachim Bjerke

Captain: Anders Haseth



Frederik Nielsen

August Holmgren

Thomas Kromann

Soren Hess-Olesen

Captain: Kenneth Carlsen



Venue: Irene Country Club, Centurion, RSA (hard – outdoor)


South Africa

Lloyd Harris

Nicolaas Scholtz

Ruan Roelofse

Raven Klaasen

Captain: Marcos Ondruska



Grega Zemlja

Tomislav Ternar

Mike Urbanija

Tilen Zitnik

Captain: Blaz Trupej





Venue: National Tennis Centre, Nicosia, CYP (hard – outdoor)



Marcos Baghdatis

Petros Chrysochos

Menelaos Efstathiou

Eleftherios Neos

Captain: Demetris Herodotou



Malek Jaziri

Moez Echargui

Aziz Dougaz

Skander Mansouri

Captain: Adel Brahim



Venue: Hangon Urheilutalo, Hanko, FIN (hard – indoor)



Patrik Niklas-Salminen

Eero Vasa

Harri Heliovaara

Henri Kontinen

Captain: Kim Tiilikainen



Lofo Ramiaramanana

Antso Rakotondramanga

Jean-Jacques Rakotohasy

Lucas Andriamasilalao

Captain: Thierry Rajaobelina



Venue: Royal Tennis Club de Marrakech, Marrakech, MAR  (clay – outdoor)



Reda El Amrani

Amine Ahouda

Yassine Idmbarek

Mehdi Jdi

Captain: Mehdi Tahiri



Mikelis Libietis

Martins Podzus

Rudolfs Mednis

Arturs Lazdins

Captain: Karlis Lejnieks



Venue: Tere Tennisekeskus, Tallinn, EST (hard – indoor)



Jurgen Zopp

Vladimir Ivanov

Kenneth Raisma

Mattias Siimar

Captain: Ekke Tiidemann



Benjamin Balleret

Lucas Catarina

Romain Arneodo

Thomas Oger

Captain: Guillaume Couillard





Venue: The National Tennis Development Center, Nonthaburi, THA (hard – outdoor)



Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul

Jirat Navasirisomboon

Sonchat Ratiwatana

Sanchai Ratiwatana

Captain: Vittaya Samrej



Francis Casey Alcantara

Ruben Gonzales

Jeson Patrombon

Alberto Lim

Captain: Karl Santamaria





Venue: Isfahan Center Tennis Complex, Isfahan, IRI  (clay – outdoor)



Amirvala Madanchi

Shahin Khaledan

Ashkan Shokoofi

Hamid Reza Nadaf

Captain: Saeid Ahmadvand



Nam Hoang Ly

Thien Nguyen Hoang

Minh Tuan Pham

Quoc-Khanh Le

Captain: Quoc-Bao Troung



Venue: Gelora Manahan Tennis Stadium Complex, Solo, INA (hard – outdoor)



Christopher Rungkat

David Agung Susanto

Anthony Susanto

Aditya Hari Sasongko

Captain: Andrian Raturandang



Abdullah Maqdes

Abdulhamid Mubarak

Abdulrahman Alawadhi

Mohammad Ghareeb

Captain: Adel Al Shatti





Venue: National Tennis Centre, St Michael, BAR (hard – outdoor)



Darian King

Haydn Lewis

Adam Hornby

Seanon Williams

Captain: Damien Applewhaite



Christopher Diaz-Figueroa

Wilfredo Gonzalez

Rudy Richter

Luciano Ramazzini

Captain: Anthony Benjamin Vasquez Rodas



Venue: Doral Park Country Club, Miami, USA (hard – outdoor)



Ricardo Rodriguez

Luis David Martinez

Jordi Munoz-Abreu

Jesus Bandres

Captain: Yohny Romero


El Salvador






Venue: Polideportivo Metropolitano de Tenis, Zapopan, MEX (hard – outdoor)



Ayed Zatar

Juan Borba

Hernando Jose Escurra Isnardi

Captain: Diego Galeano






Venue: Club de Tenis Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, BOL (clay – outdoor)


Federico Zeballos
Hugo Dellien
Boris Arias
Juan Carlos Aguilar

Captain: Mauricio Solis


Spencer Newman
Phillip Major
Justin Lunn
Playing Captain: Marvin Rolle


U. S. Names Sock, Isner, Querrey and Johnson To Davis Cup Team to Face Australia





Matches to be held at the Pat Rafter Arena in Brisbane, Australia, April 7-9


WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., March 28, 2017 – The USTA and United States Davis Cup Captain Jim Courier today announced that world No. 17 Jack Sock, No. 23 John Isner, No. 27 Sam Querrey and No. 28 Steve Johnson will represent the U.S. in the 2017 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Quarterfinal against Australia. The best-of-five match series will be played on an outdoor hard court at the Pat Rafter Arena in Brisbane, Australia, April 7-9.


Australian Davis Cup Captain Lleyton Hewitt nominated No. 16 Nick Kyrgios, No. 79 Jordan Thompson, No. 188 Sam Groth and John Peers, who is ranked No. 3 in doubles, to his team.


This marks the second consecutive year the U.S. has played at Australia in Davis Cup. Nations normally alternate which country hosts the other with each tie. However, the Americans and Australians played consecutive ties in the U.S. in 1997 and 1999, when the ITF staged the latter tie at the Longwood Cricket Club in Chestnut Hills, Mass., the site of the first-ever Davis Cup tie, as a 100th anniversary celebration of the competition. As a result, the two countries agreed their next two ties would be in Australia.


The U.S. has faced Australia in Davis Cup play more times than any country, holding a 26-20 all-time record in a rivalry that dates back to 1905. The U.S. won the last meeting, 3-1, in Kooyong, Australia, in the 2016 World Group First Round, led by Sock, Isner, and Bob and Mike Bryan. Earlier this year, the U.S. swept Switzerland, 5-0, in the World Group First Round in Birmingham, Ala., while Australia beat the Czech Republic, 4-1, in Kooyong. 


Play begins at 12 p.m. local time (10 p.m. ET the day prior) on Friday, April 7, and Sunday, April 9. Play begins on Saturday at 1 p.m. local time (11 p.m. ET on Friday).


Friday will include 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 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 winner of this tie advances to the World Group Semifinals, Sept. 15-17, for a chance to vie for the 2017 Davis Cup title. The semifinal opponent will be either Belgium or Italy.


Sock, 24, is ranked a career-high No. 17 in the world after winning his second and third career ATP titles this year in Auckland and Delray Beach, Fla., respectively, then reaching the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open ATP Masters 1000 event in Indian Wells, Calif. Sock has played Davis Cup since the 2015 and holds a 4-2 record in singles, including a win over Marin Cilic in last summer’s quarterfinal vs. Croatia, and a 1-0 record in doubles. Sock won his first ATP singles title in 2015 in Houston, and he has also reached four additional ATP finals (Stockholm, Houston and Auckland in 2016; Stockholm in 2015). Sock has also thrived in doubles, winning the 2014 Wimbledon doubles title with Vasek Pospisil and capturing the gold medal in mixed doubles at the Rio Olympics with Bethanie Mattek-Sands. In 2011, he won the US Open mixed doubles title with fellow American Melanie Oudin. Sock peaked at a career-high No. 6 in the individual doubles rankings in May 2015.


Isner, 31, is ranked No. 23 in the current world rankings and will be competing in his 14th Davis Cup tie; he is 12-10 in singles and 2-0 in doubles. Isner’s biggest Davis Cup victory came in 2012, when he defeated Roger Federer in the U.S. Davis Cup team’s first-round win at Switzerland. 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 since 2003 to compete in three live rubbers in the same tie. He also represented the U.S. at the 2012 London Olympics, reaching the quarterfinals before losing to Federer. He holds 10 career tour singles titles, the last of which came in Atlanta in 2015. In 2016, Isner reached the final in Atlanta and at the Masters 1000 event in Paris and reached the fourth round of the Australian Open and French Open. Isner turned pro after an outstanding four-year career at the University of Georgia, leading the Bulldogs to the 2007 NCAA team title as a senior.


Querrey, 29, is ranked No. 27 after winning his ninth career ATP title in Acapulco a month ago, a tournament in which he defeated four straight Top 20 players: No. 11 David Goffin, No. 9 Dominic Thiem, No. 17 Kyrgios and No. 6 Rafael Nadal. Querrey is competing in his second straight tie and his 11th overall after winning a dead singles match in February’s World Group First Round vs. Switzerland. He made his Davis Cup debut in 2008, where he faced Nadal in his first-ever match. Querrey holds a 7-8 record in Davis Cup singles play and is 1-0 in doubles. He also competed in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. In 2016, Querrey advanced to the quarterfinals of Wimbledon, upsetting Novak Djokovic in the third round and becoming the first American to beat the No. 1 seed at a Grand Slam since 2002. In addition to his singles success, Querrey holds five ATP doubles titles, including two with Isner (Memphis in 2010 and Rome in 2011) and one with Johnson (Geneva in 2016). Querrey peaked at No. 17 in the world in January 2011.


Johnson, 27, is ranked No. 28 in the world. He is playing in his second consecutive Davis Cup tie and third overall, after clinching victory with Sock in doubles in February’s World Group First Round vs. Switzerland (he then won a dead singles rubber). Since then, Johnson has reached three straight ATP quarterfinals, most recently falling to Federer in two tiebreaks in the third round at Indian Wells. Johnson started 2017 strong by reaching the semifinals in Auckland, losing to Sock. In 2016, he won his first career ATP singles title in Birmingham, Great Britain. Also in 2016, he advanced to the fourth round of Wimbledon for the first time, the semifinals of the Citi Open in Washington D.C., and captured the bronze medal in men’s doubles at the Rio Olympics with Sock. Johnson, who peaked at No. 21 in the world in July 2016, turned pro in 2012 after an outstanding college tennis career at USC; he won the 2011 and 2012 NCAA singles championships and led the Trojans to team titles all four years he played for the school. Following the end of his collegiate career, he reached the third round of the 2012 US Open, becoming the first reigning NCAA champion to advance to the third round of the men’s singles since 1995.


Additionally, Courier announced that Connor Smith will be the practice partner for the U.S. Davis Cup team. Smith was also a practice partner for the U.S. Davis Cup team in Australia in 2016. Smith, 26, graduated from Ohio State in 2013 after transferring from Florida State following his sophomore season. He went 36-7 in singles and 33-7 in doubles during his senior year. Smith holds six USTA Pro Circuit/ITF Circuit singles titles and 14 doubles titles, including two doubles titles this year held at the new USTA National Campus at Lake Nona in Orlando, Fla. In 2016, he competed in Australian Open qualifying for the first time. Smith is ranked No. 329 in the world.


Voting Opens for 2017 Fed Cup Heart Awards

Voting opens for 2017 Fed Cup Heart Awards


(March 24, 2017) The ITF  announced a shortlist of ten players to receive the first four Fed Cup Heart Awards of 2017. Awards will be presented in four categories based on performances in the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group and World Group II first round ties, and the three Zone Group I events at the beginning of February.


Aryna Sabalenka (BLR), Karolina Pliskova (CZE), Rebecca Sramkova (SVK) and Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) have all been shortlisted for the World Group/World Group II award. Ivana Jorovic (SRB) and Heather Watson (GBR) have been shortlisted for Europe/Africa; Bianca Andreescu (CAN) and Montserrat Gonzalez (PAR) for Americas; and Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) and Naomi Osaka (JPN) for Asia/Oceania.


The players were shortlisted by the Heart Award judging panel, consisting of ITF President David Haggerty and a mixture of former players and members of the international media. A public vote, running on 24-30 March, is being held on FedCup.com and FedCup.com/es to decide the four winners, who will all receive a cheque to be donated to their chosen charity. The winners will be announced on 3 April.


ITF President David Haggerty said: “The Fed Cup Heart Award is a fantastic initiative that recognises outstanding contributions made by players representing their country. I would like to acknowledge the performances by the ten shortlisted players but I would also like to thank all of the players who make Fed Cup by BNP Paribas the success it is today.”


The Fed Cup Heart Award is an ITF initiative that was first presented to USA’s Melanie Oudin at the 2009 Fed Cup Final. It aims to recognise players who have represented their country with distinction, shown exceptional courage on court and demonstrated outstanding commitment to their team. A total of six players will be recognised in 2017. To cast your vote, visit the Fed Cup website


Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of Tennis. It is the largest annual international team competition in women’s sport, with 107 nations entered in 2017. The competition is 54 years old having been founded in 1963.



World Group / World Group II


Aryna Sabalenka (BLR)


In her first live Fed Cup rubbers, suffered a three-set defeat on Saturday but won on Sunday to send Belarus into the Fed Cup semifinals for the first time.


Karolina Pliskova (CZE)


Won both singles rubbers, including a 62 62 win over world No. 7 Garbiñe Muguruza. Maintained her record of never having lost a Fed Cup tie.


Rebecca Sramkova (SVK)


On her Fed Cup debut, recorded two singles wins including the one that sealed the tie, as Slovakia defeated Italy to reach the World Group play-offs.


Timea Bacsinszky (SUI)


Won three rubbers as Switzerland defeated France to reach the Fed Cup semifinals for the second successive year.


Europe/Africa Zone Group I


Ivana Jorovic (SRB)


Won all four of her singles rubbers and two deciding doubles rubbers, including one in the promotional play-off, as Serbia qualified for the World Group II play-offs.


Heather Watson (GBR)

Won four singles rubbers and stepped in for the crucial doubles rubber in the promotional play-off against Croatia as Great Britain reached the World Group II play-offs.


Americas Zone Group I


Bianca Andreescu (CAN)


Making her Fed Cup debut, the 16-year-old won all four singles rubbers without dropping a set. She also won two doubles rubbers as Canada advanced to the World Group II play-offs.


Montserrat Gonzalez (PAR)


Won four of the six ties she contested as Paraguay earned a third-place finish in Americas Zone Group I.


Asia/Oceania Zone Group I


Naomi Osaka (JPN)


On her Fed Cup debut, won all four singles rubbers as Japan reached the promotional play-off tie.


Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ)


Won four of the five rubbers she contested, including the decisive doubles rubber in the promotional play-off as Kazakhstan advanced to the World Group II play-offs.




$10,000 World Group semifinals winner (x1)

$6,000              World Group / World Group II first round winner (x1)

$3,000              World Group / World Group II play-offs

$1,000              Zone Group I winners (x3)




David Haggerty (USA), ITF President

Sabine Appelmans (BEL), former Fed Cup player/captain

Mercedes Paz (ARG), former Fed Cup player

Craig Gabriel (AUS), international journalist

Sandra Harwitt (USA), international journalist

Corinne Dubreuil (FRA), international photographer

Ray Giubilo (ITA), international photographer


United States Host Germany in Fed Cup First Round in Maui

Team USA, (Left to right) CoCo Vandeweghe, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Alison Riske, Shelby Rogers, Captain Kathy Rinaldi at the 2017 Fed Cup tie between the United States and Germany in Maui, HI on February 7.



(February 10, 2017) The United States takes on Germany in the first round of World Group this weekend in Maui. Day one’s schedule includes two singles matches featuring each country’s No. 1 player against the other country’s No. 2 player. Sunday’s schedule features two “reverse singles” matches, where the No. 1 players square off and then the No. 2 players meet, followed by the doubles match.


The Royal Lahaina Resort hosts the tie which will lead off with world No. 40 Alison Riske taking on world No. 51 Andrea Petkovic.


Riske is playing in her first Fed Cup tie since 2015 and is competing in her second Fed Cup singles match, holding an 0-1 record. Riske peaked at a career-high No. 38 in the world this January after a strong start to 2017, highlighted by reaching her fifth career WTA singles final in Shenzhen and advancing to the third round of the Australian Open. Petkovic is competing in her 14th Fed Cup tie and holds a 12-6 Fed Cup singles record. She peaked at No. 9 in the world in October 2011 when she reached the quarterfinals of three different Grand Slams (Australian Open, French Open, and the US Open). She also advanced to the semifinals of the 2014 French Open. Riske and Petkovic have never faced each other in WTA competition.


The second match-up on Saturday will feature the United States’ top player Coco Vandeweghe against German Julia Goerges. Vandeweghe and Goerges have met three times on the WTA Tour, with Goerges holding a 2-1 record over Vandeweghe. Goerges won the last two meetings at the 2015 French Open (in three sets) and in Brussels in 2013. Vandeweghe defeated Goerges in Tokyo in 2010. Vandeweghe is ranked a career-high No. 20 in the world after advancing to the semifinals of the 2017 Australian Open—her career-best Grand Slam result. In Australia, she upset three seeded players, including then-world No. 1 Angelique Kerber, before falling to Venus Williams in the semifinals. Vandeweghe has played in four Fed Cup ties for the U.S., holding a 1-3 record in singles and a 3-0 record in doubles. Goerges is ranked No. 57 in the world and peaked at a career-high No. 15 in the world in April 2012. She holds two WTA titles and advanced to four additional finals. She is playing in her 14th Fed Cup tie and holds a 4-6 singles record in Fed Cup play.


Kathy Rinaldi will be making her debut as Fed Cup Captain in this match-up.Rinaldi was named the 19th U.S. Fed Cup Captain on December 8, succeeding Mary Joe Fernandez after eight years at the post. Rinaldi currently serves as Lead National Coach, Team USA – Pro Women for USTA Player Development, focused on helping American pros achieve Top-100 rankings. She has coached the U.S. to multiple junior international team competition titles and coached the U.S. women in the Pan-American Games in 2015. Rinaldi, 49, was ranked as high as No. 7 in the world in singles (May 1986) and No. 13 in the world in doubles (February 1993).


The winner of this matchup will advance to face either the Czech Republic or Spain in the World Group Semifinals, held April 22-23, for a chance to compete for the 2017 Fed Cup title. The losing nation will compete in the World Group Playoffs in April to remain in the World Group.


Order of Play

Saturday, 11:00 a.m. HST      

Singles A: Alison Riske (USA) vs. Andrea Petkovic (GER)

Singles B: Coco Vandeweghe (USA) vs. Julia Goerges (GER)


Sunday, 10:00 a.m. HST  

Singles C: Coco Vandeweghe (USA) vs. Andrea Petkovic (GER)

Singles D: Alison Riske (USA) vs. Julia Goerges (GER)

Doubles:Bethanie Mattek-Sands/Coco Vandeweghe (USA) vs. Laura Siegemund/Carina Witthoeft (GER)


Nominations Announced for Fed Cup World Group and World Group II ties

Nominations Announced for Fed Cup World Group and World Group II ties

ITF: (February 1, 2017) The ITF has announced the official team nominations for the 2017 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group and World Group II first round ties taking place on 11-12 February.

Three Zone Group I events are also taking place on 6-11 February: Europe/Africa Zone Group I in Tallinn, Estonia; Americas Zone Group I in Metepec, Mexico; and Asia/Oceania Zone Group I in Astana, Kazakhstan.


All nations contesting the Zone Group I events will be bidding to qualify for the Fed Cup World Group II play-offs on 22-23 April, with two teams qualifying from the Europe/Africa Zone, and one team from both the Americas and Asia/Oceania Zones.








Venue: Ostravar Arena, Ostrava, CZE (hard – indoor)

Czech Republic

Karolina Pliskova

Barbora Strycova

Katerina Siniakova

Lucie Safarova

Captain: Petr Pala


Garbine Muguruza

Lara Arruabarrena

Sara Sorribes Tormo

Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez

Captain: Conchita Martinez



Venue: Royal Lahaina Resort, Maui, USA (hard – outdoor)



CoCo Vandeweghe

Alison Riske

Shelby Rogers

Bethanie Mattek-Sands

Captain: Kathy Rinaldi



Laura Siegemund

Andrea Petkovic

Julia Goerges

Carina Witthoeft

Captain: Barbara Rittner



Venue: Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk, BLR (hard – indoor)



Aliaksandra Sasnovich

Aryna Sabalenka

Olga Govortsova

Vera Lapko

Captain: Eduard Dubrou



Kiki Bertens

Cindy Burger

Arantxa Rus

Michaella Krajicek

Captain: Paul Haarhuis



Venue: Palexpo, Geneva, SUI (hard – indoor)



Timea Bacsinszky

Viktorija Golubic

Belinda Bencic

Martina Hingis

Captain: Heinz Guenthardt



Alize Cornet

Kristina Mladenovic

Pauline Parmentier

Captain: Yannick Noah






Venue: Druzhba Sport Complex, Moscow, RUS (hard – indoor)



Ekaterina Makarova

Natalia Vikhlyantseva

Anna Blinkova

Anna Kalinskaya

Captain: Anastasia Myskina


Chinese Taipei

Chang Kai-Chen

Lee Ya-Hsuan

Hsu Ching-Wen

Chan Chin-Wei

Captain: Wang Shi-Ting



Venue: Sala Polivalenta, Bucharest, ROU (hard – indoor)



Simona Halep

Irina-Camelia Begu

Monica Niculescu

Sorana Cirstea

Captain: Ilie Nastase



Yanina Wickmayer

Kirsten Flipkens

Elise Mertens

Maryna Zanevska

Captain: Dominique Monami



Venue: Palace of Sports ‘Lokomotiv’, Kharkiv, UKR (hard – indoor)


Elina Svitolina

Lesia Tsurenko

Olga Savchuk

Nadiia Kichenok

Captain: Mikhail Filima



Daria Gavrilova

Ashleigh Barty

Arina Rodionova

Casey Dellacqua

Captain: Alicia Molik



Venue: PalaGalassi, Forlì, ITA (clay – indoor)



Sara Errani

Francesca Schiavone

Jasmine Paolini

Martina Trevisan

Captain: Tathiana Garbin



Jana Cepelova

Rebecca Sramkova

Daniela Hantuchova

Anna Karolina Schmiedlova

Captain: Matej Liptak




Johanna Konta Heads Nominations for 2017 Fed Cup Zone Group I Events

ITF: (January 10, 2017) World No. 10 Johanna Konta heads the nominations for the 2017 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Zone Group I events taking place on 6-11 February in the same week as the Fed Cup World Group and World Group II first round ties on 11-12 February.


The ITF has announced the full nominations for Europe/Africa Zone Group I in Tallinn, Estonia; Americas Zone Group I in Metepec, Mexico; and Asia/Oceania Zone Group I in Astana, Kazakhstan.


The draws for all three Zone Group I events will be held at Melbourne Park on Monday 16 January at 10am GMT.


All nations contesting the Zone Group I events will be bidding to qualify for the Fed Cup World Group II play-offs on 22-23 April, with two teams qualifying from the Europe/Africa Zone, and one team from both the Americas and Asia/Oceania Zones.


Eight top 50 players will contest Zone Group I events, with Great Britain’s Konta joined in Europe/Africa Zone Group I by Hungary’s Timea Babos, Croatia’s Ana Konjuh and Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko, while in Asia/Oceania Zone Group I, hosts Kazakhstan have named Yuliya Putintseva and Yaroslava Shvedova, with Japan being led by Misaki Doi and Naomi Osaka.


Nominations for the 2016 Fed Cup World Group and World Group II first round ties on 6-7 February will be announced on Wednesday 1 February.




Venue: Tallink Tennis Centre, Tallinn, Estonia (hard – indoors)

Dates: 8-11 February


Barbara Haas
Tamira Paszek
Julia Grabher
Pia Konig
Captain: Jurgen Waber


Dea Herdzelas
Jelena Simic
Anita Husaric
Nefisa Berberovic
Captain: Vojin Sukalo


Tsvetana Pironkova
Isabella Shinikova
Viktoriya Tomova
Sesil Karatantcheva
Captain: Dora Rangelova


Ana Konjuh
Donna Vekic
Tena Lukas
Lea Boskovic
Captain: Iva Majoli


Anett Kontaveit
Valeria Gorlats
Maileen Nuudi
Maria Lota Kaul
Captain: Marten Tamla


Sofia Shapatava
Ekaterine Gorgodze
Mariam Bolkvadze
Oksana Kalashnikova
Captain: Margalita Chakhnashvili


Great Britain

Johanna Konta
Heather Watson
Laura Robson
Jocelyn Rae
Captain: Anne Keothavong


Timea Babos
Dalma Galfi
Fanni Stollar
Agnes Bukta
Captain: Gabor Juhasz



Julia Glushko
Deniz Khazaniuk
Maya Tahan
Shelly Krolitzky
Captain: Tzipora Hirsh-Obziler


Jelena Ostapenko
Diana Marcinkevica
Daniela Vismane
Captain: Andis Juska


Magda Linette
Katarzyna Piter
Paula Kania
Magdalena Frech
Captain: Klaudia Jans-Ignacik


Michelle Larcher de Brito
Ines Murta
Maria Joao Koehler
Joana Vale Costa
Captain: Neuza Silva


Nina Stojanovic
Ivana Jorovic
Dejana Radanovic
Olga Danilovic
Captain: Tatjana Jecmenica


Cagla Buyukakcay
Ipek Soylu
Ayla Aksu
Pemra Ozgen
Captain: Alaaddin Karagoz




Venue: Club Deportivo la Asuncion, Metepec, Mexico (hard – outdoors)

Dates: 6-11 February


Catalina Pella
Nadia Podoroska
Guadalupe Perez Rojas
Maria Irigoyen
Captain: Marcelo Gomez


Noelia Zeballos
Hortencia Birnbaumer
Maria-Fernanda Alvarez-Teran
Paola Vargas
Captain: Rolando Nieva


Teliana Pereira
Carolina Meligeni Rodrigues Alves
Gabriela Ce
Luisa Stefani
Captain: Fernando Roese


Francoise Abanda
Bianca Andreescu
Charlotte Robillard-Millette
Captain: Sylvain Bruneau


Daniela Seguel
Fernanda Brito
Barbara Gatica
Daniela Lopez
Captain: Jorge Ibanez Garcia


Mariana Duque-Marino
Maria Fernanda Herazo Gonzalez
Emiliana Arango
Maria Camila Osorio Serrano
Captain: Catalina Castano


Renata Zarazua
Marcela Zacarias
Giuliana Olmos
Nazari Urbina
Captain: Agustin Moreno


Veronica Cepede Royg
Montserrat Gonzalez
Camila Giangreco Campiz
Lara Escauriza
Captain: Alfredo de Brix


Andrea Gamiz
Aymet Uzcategui
Adriana Perez
Maria Gabriela Linares de Faria
Captain: William Campos




Venue: National Tennis Centre, Astana, Kazakhstan (hard – indoors)

Dates: 8-11 February


China, P.R.
Duan Ying-Ying
Zhu Lin
Zhang Kai-Lin
Yang Zhaoxuan
Captain: Wang Peng


Ankita Raina
Karman Kaur Thandi
Snehadevi S Reddy
Sania Mirza
Captain: Nandan Bal


Misaki Doi
Naomi Osaka
Eri Hozumi
Shuko Aoyama
Captain: Toshihisa Tsuchihashi



Yuliya Putintseva
Yaroslava Shvedova
Galina Voskoboeva
Kamila Kerimbayeva
Captain: Dias Doskarayev


Korea, Republic
Jang Su Jeong
Han Na-Lae
Kim Nari
Choi Ji-Hee
Captain: Kim Jin Hee


Katharina Lehnert
Anna Clarice Patrimonio
Khim Iglupas
Playing captain: Czarina-Mae Arevalo

Luksika Kumkhum
Peangtarn Plipuech
Nicha Lertpitaksinchai
Kamonwan Buayam
Captain: Tamarine Tanasugarn


Maria Sharapova Set to Return From Doping Ban at Stuttgart Tourney

(January 10, 2017) Maria Sharapova is set to return from her ban from tennis on April 26,at the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart, where she has been given a wild card. The Russian who holds five major titles and is a three-time champion at Stuttgart, was suspended from the tennis tour for using a banned substance – meldonium, at last year’s Australian Open.

She was originally banned for two years, but had her sentence reduced via an appeal.

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