July 23, 2016

Jack Sock Rallies From Two Sets Down to Beat Marin Cilic; John Isner Also Wins, Gives USA 2-0 Lead in Davis Cup Quarterfinal

Jack Sock

Jack Sock

(July 15, 2016) BEAVERTON, Oregon – The United States is off to a 2-0 lead against Croatia in quarterfinal action in Davis Cup play on Friday at  the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center in Beaverton, Oregon.

In the first rubber of the United States versus Croatia Davis Cup quarterfinal, 2014 US Open champion and No. 12 Marin Cilic took on No. 26 Jack Sock.

Sock rallied from two sets down to beat Cilic  4-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 to give the USA a 1-0 lead.

The first set saw little difference between both competitors, but Cilic sealed the break in the tenth game to claim the set 6-4.

The second set saw Cilic took advantage of three break point opportunities to take the set 6-3. Sock contributed 16 errors to his opponent’s cause in the set. Cilic had a medical time out after the seventh game of the set.

Sock drastically reduced his unforced error count in the third set, making only four while upping his first serve percentage making 16/17 to win the third set 6-3.

In the fourth set both men stayed even until the the ninth game, when the 23-year-old American broke serve at 30. Sock served out the set to even the match at 2-sets all.

Cilic broke Sock with a drop volley winner in the American’s first service game of the fifth set and consolidated for a 3-0 lead to start out the fifth set. Sock bounced back with a break in the fifth game to get to 2-3.

“Well, I wasn’t very happy down 3-0,” Sock said. Once again, just stayed the course. Having such an experienced player in Jim Courier on the bench with
you, you can’t ask for much more. He just kept me level headed and kept telling me to do the right things,which I had been doing for a few sets to get back.”
In the seventh game, Sock failed to take advantage of three break points and Cilic held off the inspired American to hold for 4-3.

Sock broke through in in the eighth game, setting up a break point on a drop volley winner for break point. Cilic hit a backhand volley wide to give team USA the break and a 5-4 lead.

As the old Ringo Star song goes “It Don’t Come Easy.” Sock had to fend off two break points in the tenth game to seal the three-hour and 13 minute match win. Final score 4-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.

What made the difference in the match for Sock?

Sock said: “I mean, I had a ton of chances in the second. I didn’t get blown off the for two sets. I was up a break twice in the second. Struggled on my serve a little bit.

“But just maybe made a few smarter decisions on the serve. Made a lot more first serves to kind of put it in
the spots where I could get forehands, start the rally.

“Returning the whole time I felt like I could get in a lot of his games. The court is slow enough I could get back
on the serve and make it neutral.

“Just stayed the course really and was lucky enough to get the win.”

For Sock this was his first match on home soil in his Davis Cup career, he talked about this win being one of his career accomplishments.

“Haven’t played a ton of five-setters in my career. Haven’t come back from two sets to love down. To do that today, in front of
the home crowd for the team, it almost feels extra special today. Maybe if I had done it in another tournament – obviously playing individually there – to do it today for the team in this, the first match to get us off to a good start, feels unreal.”

“I was just a little bit unfortunate in the beginning of the third to lose my serve at the beginning, and then Jack started to serve really well from the beginning of the third,” Cilic said.

“Obviously I think he served much, much better in the fourth and fifth set. He was not giving me too many
chances on the return games. I had a break in the fifth that’s a little bit unfortunate to lose it. I was 3-1 up, 15-Love, and easy forehand in the middle of the court.

“Yeah, a little bit disappointed with that, just to lose that opportunity of getting that lead in the fifth set to make
that extra step to closing the match.

“You know, when I gave him a chance to come back I felt that he started to play also really well. He was very aggressive. Obviously last game I had 15-40 also to come back. You know, just one point where I went for a shot, missed a little bit.

“Overall, I think he played pretty good tennis in the last three sets. It’s not that I played so bad. I felt that
maybe I could have served better today. I was not serving as good as I can. Just from the game, obviously he’s very dangerous.
He can play very, very fast tennis. He’s got big forehand, so that was I think working well for him today.”

Tennis Panorama asked U.S. Davis Cup Jim Courier about he said to Sock after he went down two sets.

“Well, the second set Jack was up a break twice and was having trouble holding serve,” Courier said.

“Both of them were for that matter.

“But I felt like Jack was in a good position once the rallies got started. He just needed to execute.
“I though he was actually playing pretty well from a tactical standpoint in the second set. He just needed to lift his level a little bit and stay in there mentally and just be there.

“We also recognize that Marin had a tough loss in Wimbledon. He had chances to take out Roger Federer. Sometimes players coming off matches where they had match point and didn’t close a player out can be a little susceptible, too.

“So I was using that as a little bit of a carrot to keep Jack in there, too. Jack stayed in there point for point and fought hard and made it physical. He did a lot of great things out there today that will hopefully carry him to new places in his career.

“First time he’s come from two sets down. I think he learned a lot about himself out there. He deserves all the credit for it. He would’ve stayed in there I am pretty sure. He started to make that transition in the last month and a half or so mentally to sticking in there a little bit better.

“Today was just a manifestation of the work he’s been doing with Troy Hahn, his coach. Today it paid off for the team; certainly paid off big for him, too.”

On a day which saw top players Simona Halep and Milos Raonic withdraw from the Olympics due to concerns about the Zika Virus, both Cilic and Sock are looking forward to participating in the Olympic Games in Rio.

“Yeah, it’s really exciting” Sock commented. As a kid you grow up watching a lot of the Olympics – not only tennis, but a lot of the sports. Kind of a bucket list for every athlete I feel like to be able to represent your country on the biggest stage possible”

“I am very excited to get down there and rep the U.S., ” Sock an excited Sock. “Hopefully I can play some good tennis and wear the
colors proud. Definitely beyond happy.”

As for Cilic, “I’m going to play. A lot of guys have concerns about that (Zika virus), but I hope it’s going to be fine.”

Coric also commented on the Olympics: “As far as I’m concerned I’m going to play. I don’t have problems with Zika. Yeah, it’s going to be great experience for me. Going to be my first Olympics. I’m really looking forward to it.

“Obviously it’s very big thing. I’m only 19 and I’m going to be already there. Not many people can say that. So I’m just very proud of that. Obviously I’m just looking forward to it”

John Isner

John Isner

In the second rubber Borna Coric had no answers to John Isner’s serve, as the American nailed 23 aces in a 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 win over the teenage Croatianin a minute less than two hours.

The last of Isner’s aces came on match point.

Isner said that Sock’s comeback win helped his own momentum in his match.

“Oh, it helps a lot, he said. “I’m just sitting right here and he’s down two sets to love and things aren’t looking too good. He won the third set. I saw that he had a lot of positive energy on his side.

“Then he wins that fourth set, and I’m getting really animated in the locker room in the fifth set. He was able to pull it out playing incredible tennis.

“For me, it helps a lot. I feel like it takes a bit of pressure off me as well, knowing that regardless of what I do out there on the court, we’re not going to be losing. At worst, we’ll be 1-1.

“I was in a good spot going out there today thanks to Jack.”

Coric was pretty downcast after his loss to Isner.

“I lost, he said. “That’s what happened. I didn’t use my chances in the first two sets obviously. I had many chances to break him, and then on 5-4 in both sets I played really poor game. It was basically not much to say honestly.”

The USA is 0-3 against Croatia in Davis cup play, vying for a place in the semifinal round of Davis Cup.

The U.S. is 157-3 all-time when leading 2-0 after the first day of play and 40-1 when leading 2-0 since the World Group format began in 1981.

The doubles rubber will take place on Saturday with Bob and Mike Bryan of the USA going up against Croatia’s Ivan Dodig and Marin Draganja.

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Davis Cup Results for July 15, 2016

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(July 15, 2016) The ITF has announced the latest results from the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group quarterfinals and Zone Group ties taking place on 15-17 July. A total of 28 ties and four zone group events are being held this week.

 

The eight winners of the Zone Group I second round ties will qualify for the 2016 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 19 July at 10:00 local time (09:00 GMT).

 

 

 

WORLD GROUP QUARTERFINAL

 

GREAT BRITAIN leads SERBIA 1-0

Venue: Tasmajdan Stadium, Belgrade, SRB (clay – outdoor)

 

Kyle Edmund (GBR) d. Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) 63 64 60

Dusan Lajovic (SRB) v James Ward (GBR)

Janko Tipsarevic/Nenad Zimonjic (SRB) v Dominic Inglot/Jamie Murray (GBR)

Dusan Lajovic (SRB) v Kyle Edmund (GBR)

Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) v James Ward (GBR)

 

ARGENTINA leads ITALY 1-0

Venue: Circolo Tennis Baratoff, Pesaro, ITA (clay – outdoor)

 

Federico Delbonis (ARG) d. Andreas Seppi (ITA) 76(4) 36 63 76(3)

Fabio Fognini (ITA) v Juan Monaco (ARG)

Marco Cecchinato/Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) v Juan Martin del Potro/Guido Pella (ARG)

Fabio Fognini (ITA) v Federico Delbonis (ARG)

Andreas Seppi (ITA) v Juan Monaco (ARG)

 

FRANCE level with CZECH REPUBLIC 1-1

Venue: Werk Arena, Trinec, CZE (hard – indoor)

 

Lukas Rosol (CZE) d. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 64 36 46 76(8) 64

Lucas Pouille (FRA) d. Jiri Vesely (CZE) 76(2) 64 75

Adam Pavlasek/Radek Stepanek (CZE) v Pierre-Hugues Herbert/Nicolas Mahut (FRA)

Jiri Vesely (CZE) v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)

Lukas Rosol (CZE) v Lucas Pouille (FRA)

 

USA leads CROATIA 2-0

Venue: Tualatin Hills Tennis Center, Portland, USA (hard – outdoor)

 

Jack Sock (USA) d. Marin Cilic (CRO) 46 36 63 64 64

John Isner (USA) d. Borna Coric (CRO) 64 64 63

Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan (USA) v Ivan Dodig/Marin Draganja (CRO)

John Isner (USA) v Marin Cilic (CRO)

Jack Sock (USA) v Borna Coric (CRO)

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP I SECOND ROUND

 

SPAIN leads ROMANIA 2-0

Venue: Sala Polivalenta Cluj-Napoca, Cluj-Napoca, ROU (hard – indoor)

 

Feliciano Lopez (ESP) d. Marius Copil (ROU) 76(4) 57 64 36 63

Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) d. Adrian Ungur (ROU) 63 62 61

Florin Mergea/Horia Tecau (ROU) v Pablo Carreno Busta/Marc Lopez (ESP)

Marius Copil (ROU) v Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP)

Adrian Ungur (ROU) v Feliciano Lopez (ESP)

 

UKRAINE leads AUSTRIA 2-0

Venue: Campa Tennis Club, Bucha, Kiev, UKR (hard – outdoor)

 

Illya Marchenko (UKR) d. Dennis Novak (AUT) 76(3) 57 63 62

Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) d. Gerald Melzer (AUT) 63 64 63

Denys Molchanov/Artem Smirnov (UKR) v Jurgen Melzer/Philipp Oswald (AUT)

Illya Marchenko (UKR) v Gerald Melzer (AUT)

Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) v Dennis Novak (AUT)

 

RUSSIA leads NETHERLANDS 2-0

Venue: National Tennis Center, Moscow, RUS (hard – outdoor)

 

Andrey Rublev (RUS) d. Robin Haase (NED) 76(2) 63 64

Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) d. Thiemo de Bakker (NED) 67(3) 76(4) 64 64

Aslan Karatsev/Konstantin Kravchuk (RUS) v Wesley Koolhof/Matwe Middelkoop (NED)

Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) v Robin Haase (NED)

Andrey Rublev (RUS) v Thiemo de Bakker (NED)

 

SLOVAKIA leads HUNGARY 2-0

Venue: Europe Tennis Center, Budapest, HUN (clay – outdoor)

 

Andrej Martin (SVK) d. Peter Nagy (HUN) 64 62 64

Jozef Kovalik (SVK) d. Marton Fucsovics (HUN) 67(5) 64 76(5) 61

Marton Fucsovics/Levente Godry (HUN) v Andrej Martin/Igor Zelenay (SVK)

Marton Fucsovics (HUN) v Andrej Martin (SVK)

Peter Nagy (HUN) v Jozef Kovalik (SVK)

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP I SECOND ROUND

 

INDIA leads KOREA, REP. 2-0

Venue: Chandigarh Club Limited, Chandigarh, IND (grass – outdoor)

 

Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) d. Hong Seong Chan (KOR) 63 26 63 6-5 ret.

Saketh Myneni (IND) d. Lim Yong-Kyu (KOR) 61 36 64 36 5-2 ret.

Rohan Bopanna/Leander Paes (IND) v Chung Hong/Chung Yunseong (KOR)

Saketh Myneni (IND) v Hong Seong Chan (KOR)

Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) v Lim Yong-Kyu (KOR)

 

CHINA, P.R. level with UZBEKISTAN 1-1

Venue: Olympic Tennis School, Tashkent, UZB (clay – outdoor)

 

Zhang Ze (CHN) d. Farrukh Dustov (UZB) 16 64 64 62

Denis Istomin (UZB) d. Wu Di (CHN) 64 64 62

Farrukh Dustov/Denis Istomin (UZB) v Gong Mao-Xin/Li Zhe (CHN)

Denis Istomin (UZB) v Zhang Ze (CHN)

Farrukh Dustov (UZB) v Wu Di (CHN)

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP I SECOND ROUND

 

ECUADOR level with BRAZIL 1-1

Venue: Arena Minas Tenis Clube, Belo Horizonte, BRA (hard – indoor)

 

Emilio Gomez (ECU) d. Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA) 46 75 60 64

Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) d. Roberto Quiroz (ECU) 75 76(3) 36 63

Marcelo Melo/Bruno Soares (BRA) v Emilio Gomez/Roberto Quiroz (ECU)

Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) v Emilio Gomez (ECU)

Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA) v Roberto Quiroz (ECU)

 

CHILE v COLOMBIA

Venue: Centro Recreacional de Ejercito Huayquique, Iquique, CHI (clay – outdoor)

 

Nicolas Jarry (CHI) v Santiago Giraldo (COL)

Gonzalo Lama (CHI) v Alejandro Gonzalez (COL)

Nicolas Jarry/Hans Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI) v Juan-Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah (COL)

Gonzalo Lama (CHI) v Santiago Giraldo (COL)

Nicolas Jarry (CHI) v Alejandro Gonzalez (COL)

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP II SECOND ROUND

 

LITHUANIA leads SOUTH AFRICA 2-0

Venue: Azuolynas Tennis Centre, Kaunas, LTU (clay – outdoor)

 

Laurynas Grigelis (LTU) d. Tucker Vorster (RSA) 67(1) 63 63 62

Lukas Mugevicius (LTU) d. Lloyd Harris (RSA) 36 76(5) 60 64

Laurynas Grigelis/Lukas Mugevicius (LTU) v Raven Klaasen/Ruan Roelofse (RSA)

Laurynas Grigelis (LTU) v Lloyd Harris (RSA)

Lukas Mugevicius (LTU) v Tucker Vorster (RSA)

 

TURKEY level with BOSNIA/HERZEGOVINA 1-1

Venue: Javna Ustanova Za Sport, Odmor I Rekreaciju, Bihac, BIH (clay – outdoor)

 

Damir Dzumhur (BIH) d. Cem Ilkel (TUR) 75 61 46 61

Marsel Ilhan (TUR) d. Mirza Basic (BIH) 76(9) 57 26 63 75

Mirza Basic/Tomislav Brkic (BIH) v Tuna Altuna/Cem Ilkel (TUR)

Damir Dzumhur (BIH) v Marsel Ilhan (TUR)

Mirza Basic (BIH) v Cem Ilkel (TUR)

 

BELARUS leads LATVIA 2-0

Venue: National Olympic Training Centre, Minsk, BLR (hard – outdoor)

 

Ilya Ivashka (BLR) d. Martins Podzus (LAT) 64 62 75

Yaraslau Shyla (BLR) d. Mikelis Libietis (LAT) 62 61 63

Aliaksandr Bury/Andrei Vasilevski (BLR) v Mikelis Libietis/Martins Podzus (LAT)

Ilya Ivashka (BLR) v Mikelis Libietis (LAT)

Yaraslau Shyla (BLR) v Martins Podzus (LAT)

 

FINLAND level with DENMARK 1-1

Venue: Lyngbyhallen, Kongens Lyngby, DEN (carpet – indoor)

 

Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) d. Mikael Torpegaard (DEN) 76(1) 75 62

Frederik Nielsen (DEN) d. Harri Heliovaara (FIN) 64 63 76(5)

Thomas Kromann/Frederik Nielsen (DEN) v Patrick Kaukovalta/Patrik Niklas-Salminen (FIN)

Frederik Nielsen (DEN) v Jarkko Nieminen (FIN)

Mikael Torpegaard (DEN) v Harri Heliovaara (FIN)

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP II RELEGATION PLAY-OFFS

 

NORWAY leads LUXEMBOURG 2-0

Venue: Tennis Club Cap on Line, Capellen, LUX (hard – outdoor)

 

Casper Ruud (NOR) d. Alex Knaff (LUX) 62 64 64

Viktor Durasovic (NOR) d. Ugo Nastasi (LUX) 64 36 62 62

Gilles Kremer/Mike Scheidweiler (LUX) v Viktor Durasovic/Casper Ruud (NOR)

Ugo Nastasi (LUX) v Casper Ruud (NOR)

Alex Knaff (LUX) v Viktor Durasovic (NOR)

 

TUNISIA leads BULGARIA 2-0

Venue: Tennis Courts of Cité Nationale Sportive, Tunis, TUN (hard – outdoor)

 

Mohamed Aziz Dougaz (TUN) d. Aleksandar Lazov (BUL) 76(4) 64 26 75

Malek Jaziri (TUN) d. Alexandar Lazarov (BUL) 64 64 61

Malek Jaziri/Skander Mansouri (TUN) v Aleksandar Lazov/Vasko Mladenov (BUL)

Malek Jaziri (TUN) v Dimitar Kuzmanov (BUL)

Mohamed Aziz Dougaz (TUN) v Alexandar Lazarov (BUL)

 

MONACO level with EGYPT 1-1

Venue: Monte-Carlo Country Club, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, MON (clay – outdoor)

 

Karim-Mohamed Maamoun (EGY) d. Benjamin Balleret (MON) 61 57 64 62

Romain Arneodo (MON) d. Sherif Sabry (EGY) 67(6) 36 64 62 62

Benjamin Balleret/Thomas Oger (MON) v Youssef Hossam/Sherif Sabry (EGY)

Benjamin Balleret (MON) v Sherif Sabry (EGY)

Romain Arneodo (MON) v Karim-Mohamed Maamoun (EGY)

 

ZIMBABWE level with GEORGIA 1-1

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

 

Benjamin Lock (ZIM) d. George Tsivadze (GEO) 36 60 75 67(2) 64

Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) d. Mark Fynn (ZIM) 63 63 62

Nikoloz Basilashvili/Nodar Itonishvili (GEO) v Benjamin Lock/Courtney John Lock (ZIM)

Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) v Benjamin Lock (ZIM)

George Tsivadze (GEO) v Mark Fynn (ZIM)

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP II SECOND ROUND

 

CHINESE TAIPEI leads PHILIPPINES 2-0

Venue: Philippine Columbian Association, Manila, PHI

 

Chen Ti (TPE) d. Ruben Gonzales (PHI) 62 26 62 62

Huang Liang-Chi (TPE) d. Francis Casey Alcantara (PHI) 61 36 67(4) 61 1-0 ret.

Treat Huey/Jeson Patrombon (PHI) v Hung Jui-Chen/Wang Chieh-Fu (TPE)

Francis Casey Alcantara (PHI) v Chen Ti (TPE)

Ruben Gonzales (PHI) v Huang Liang-Chi (TPE)

 

THAILAND leads VIETNAM 2-0

Venue: The National Tennis Development Center, Nonthaburi, THA

 

Kittiphong Wachiramanowong (THA) d. Nam Hoang Ly (VIE) 36 61 60 ret.

Pruchya Isarow (THA) d. Thien Nguyen Hoang (VIE) 57 62 64 62

Sanchai Ratiwatana/Sonchat Ratiwatana (THA) v Dac Tien Nguyen/Minh Tuan Pham (VIE)

Pruchya Isarow (THA) v Nam Hoang Ly (VIE)

Kittiphong Wachiramanowong (THA) v Thien Nguyen Hoang (VIE)

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP II RELEGATION PLAY-OFFS

 

KUWAIT leads MALAYSIA 2-0

Venue: Kuwait Tennis Federation Center, Meshref, KUW (hard – outdoor)

 

Mohammad Ghareeb (KUW) d. Mohd Assri Merzuki (MAS) 76(4) 76(5) 64

Abdullah Maqdes (KUW) d. Syed Mohammad Agil Naguib (MAS) 67(7) 76(7) 63 63

Mohammad Ghareeb/Abdullah Maqdes (KUW) v Mohd Assri Merzuki/Syed Mohammad Agil Naguib (MAS)

Abdullah Maqdes (KUW) v Mohd Assri Merzuki (MAS)

Mohammad Ghareeb (KUW) v Syed Mohammad Agil Naguib (MAS)

 

INDONESIA leads SRI LANKA 2-0

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

 

David Agung Susanto (INA) d. Harshana Godamanna (SRI) 64 64 64

Christopher Rungkat (INA) d. Yasitha De Silva (SRI) 62 60 62

Aditya Hari Sasongko/Sunu-Wahyu Trijati (INA) v Yasitha De Silva/Harshana Godamanna (SRI)

Christopher Rungkat (INA) v Harshana Godamanna (SRI)

David Agung Susanto (INA) v Yasitha De Silva (SRI)

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP II SECOND ROUND

 

PERU leads MEXICO 2-0

Venue: Club Tennis Las Terrazas Miraflores, Lima, PER (clay – outdoor)

 

Mauricio Echazu (PER) d. Luis Patino (MEX) 57 64 64 76(3)

Nicolas Alvarez (PER) d. Lucas Gomez (MEX) 63 64 63

Jorge Brian Panta/Juan Pablo Varillas Patino-Samudio (PER) v Santiago Gonzalez/Miguel-Angel Reyes-Varela (MEX)

Mauricio Echazu (PER) v Lucas Gomez (MEX)

Nicolas Alvarez (PER) v Luis Patino (MEX)

 

EL SALVADOR level with VENEZUELA 1-1

Venue: Complejo Polideportivo de Cuidad Merliot, Santa Tecla, ESA (hard – outdoor)

 

Marcelo Arevalo (ESA) d. Jordi Munoz-Abreu (VEN) 61 61 75

Ricardo Rodriguez (VEN) d. Alejandro Gonzalez (ESA) 62 60 61

Marcelo Arevalo/Rafael Arevalo (ESA) v Luis David Martinez/Roberto Maytin (VEN)

Marcelo Arevalo (ESA) v Ricardo Rodriguez (VEN)

Alejandro Gonzalez (ESA) v Jordi Munoz-Abreu (VEN)

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP II RELEGATION PLAY-OFFS

 

GUATEMALA leads URUGUAY 2-0

Venue: Federación Nacional de Tenis de Campo, Guatemala, GUA (hard – outdoor)

 

Christopher Diaz-Figueroa (GUA) d. Rodrigo Arus (URU) 75 62 64

Wilfredo Gonzalez (GUA) d. Martin Cuevas (URU) 75 76(2) 63

Christopher Diaz-Figueroa/Wilfredo Gonzalez (GUA) v Martin Cuevas/Marcel Felder (URU)

Christopher Diaz-Figueroa (GUA) v Martin Cuevas (URU)

Wilfredo Gonzalez (GUA) v Rodrigo Arus (URU)

 

PARAGUAY leads PUERTO RICO 2-0

Venue: Court Central Victor Manuel Pecci del Club Internacional de Tenis, Asuncion, PAR (clay – outdoor)

 

Ayed Zatar (PAR) d. Sebastian Arcila (PUR) 63 46 63 61

Diego Galeano (PAR) d. Alex Diaz (PUR) 63 61 61

Diego Galeano/Ayed Zatar (PAR) v Sebastian Arcila/Alex Diaz (PUR)

Diego Galeano (PAR) v Sebastian Arcila (PUR)

Ayed Zatar (PAR) v Alex Diaz (PUR)

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Simona Halep Says She Will Not Participate in Rio Games Due to Concerns About Zika

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Simona Halep

(July 15, 2016) Simona Halep announced on her Facebook page that she will not be participating in the Rio Olympic Games.

https://www.facebook.com/simonahalep/posts/1149770261750234

 

I regret to announce that I have decided I will not compete in the Olympic Games taking place this summer in Rio. The reason for my decision is the concern regarding the danger posed by the Zika virus.
After several talks with doctors and my family, i concluded that the risks are too high for my career and for my health, especially as a woman. Family is much too important for me and I can’t risk not being able to have one of my own after my career in tennis is over.
I know the Olympics are a very important event and I truly regret these circumstances. I hope the Romanian Olympic and Sports Committee and all Romanians will respect my decision. I wish all the participants, especially our delegation, the best of luck!
I will continue to play, to proudly represent Romania in as many tournaments as possible, as I am doing right now at the BRD Bucharest Open.

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ITF Announces Final List of Singles and Doubles Entries for the Olympic Games

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(July 15, 2016) The ITF announced the final list of singles and doubles entries for the Rio 2016 Olympic Tennis Event at the Olympic Tennis Centre in Barra Olympic Park on 6-14 August. Fifty-two countries will compete in this year’s event.

The final list has been confirmed after the ITF Olympic Committee discussed the remaining men’s appeals on Friday.

Andy Murray (GBR) and Serena Williams (USA) will defend their London 2012 singles titles, while Bob and Mike Bryan (USA), and Venus and Serena Williams (USA) will defend their doubles titles. Entries for the mixed doubles will be confirmed on site during the Olympic Tennis Event.

Sixty-four players will contest both the men’s and women’s singles. Entries for both events are a combination of 56 direct acceptances based on the singles world rankings of 6 June, and six ITF Places (Final Qualification Places) allocated according to the Qualification System (click here). There are also two Tripartite Commission Invitation Places.

Thirty-two teams will contest both the men’s and women’s doubles, with entries a combination of 24 direct acceptances and eight ITF Places (Final Qualification Places). Entries are based on the combined world rankings of each team on 6 June, with each player using the better of their singles and doubles world ranking. Any player ranked in the doubles Top 10 on 6 June was eligible for direct acceptance with a partner of any ranking.

There is a limit of four singles players per gender per country. Nations were also able to nominate up to two doubles teams per event, with a maximum of six players per gender per country in total. Entries are also subject to players being in good standing with their National Association and meeting the minimum participation requirements in Davis Cup and Fed Cup.

Entries for the 16-team mixed doubles event will be determined on site from those players already participating in singles or doubles, with a maximum of two teams per country. Teams have to be nominated by their National Olympic Committee by the deadline of 9 August.

The Olympic Tennis Event will be played on hard court, with ten match courts and six practice courts, including a 10,000-capacity centre court, and two additional show courts seating 5,000 and 3,000 spectators respectively.

The Draw for the Olympic Tennis Event will be held on site at the OIympic Tennis Centre on Thursday 4th August at 11:00 local time.

ITF President David Haggerty said: “We are delighted to welcome another outstanding field to the Olympic Tennis Event. Since the return of tennis to the Olympics in 1988, the event has continued to grow at each Games, with the current generation of players embracing this unique opportunity in our sport. We expect that the competition in each discipline will be fierce, and look forward to some memorable matches.”

MEN’S SINGLES ENTRY LIST

Argentina Juan Martin del Potro, Federico Delbonis, Juan Monaco, Guido Pella
Australia John Millman, Thanasi Kokkinakis
Barbados Darian King (TRI)
Belgium David Goffin
Bosnia/Herzegovina Damir Dzumhur (TRI)
Brazil Thomaz Bellucci, Rogerio Dutra Silva
Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov
Canada Milos Raonic, Vasek Pospisil
Chinese Taipei Lu Yen-Hsun
Croatia Marin Cilic, Borna Coric
Cyprus Marcos Baghdatis
Czech Republic Tomas Berdych, Jiri Vesely, Lukas Rosol
Dominican Republic Victor Estrella Burgos
France Richard Gasquet, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gael Monfils, Gilles Simon
Georgia Nikoloz Basilashvili (ITF)
Germany Philipp Kohlschreiber, Alexander Zverev, Dustin Brown (ITF), Jan-Lennard Struff (ITF)
Great Britain Andy Murray, Kyle Edmund (ITF)
Israel Dudi Sela
Italy Fabio Fognini, Andreas Seppi, Paolo Lorenzi
Japan Kei Nishikori
Kazakhstan Mikhail Kukushkin
Lithuania Ricardas Berankis
Luxembourg Gilles Muller
Netherlands Robin Haase
Poland Jerzy Janowicz (ITF)
Portugal Joao Sousa, Gastao Elias (ITF)
Russia Andrey Kuznetsov, Evgeny Donskoy
Serbia Novak Djokovic, Viktor Troicki
Slovakia Martin Klizan
Spain Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Roberto Bautista Agut, Albert Ramos-Vinolas
Switzerland Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka
Tunisia Malek Jaziri
Ukraine Illya Marchenko
Uruguay Pablo Cuevas
USA Jack Sock, Steve Johnson, Denis Kudla, Brian Baker
Uzbekistan Denis Istomin

(ITF) ITF Place (Final Qualification Place)
(TRI) Tripartite Commission Invitation Place

WOMEN’S SINGLES ENTRY LIST

Australia Samantha Stosur, Daria Gavrilova
Belarus Victoria Azarenka
Belgium Yanina Wickmayer, Kirsten Flipkens
Brazil Teliana Pereira (ITF)
Bulgaria Tsvetana Pironkova (ITF)
Canada Eugenie Bouchard
China, P.R. Peng Shuai, Zhang Shuai, Wang Qiang (ITF)
Chinese Taipei Hsieh Su-Wei (ITF)
Czech Republic Petra Kvitova, Karolina Pliskova, Lucie Safarova, Barbora Strycova
Denmark Caroline Wozniacki
France Kristina Mladenovic, Carolina Garcia, Alize Cornet
Germany Angelique Kerber, Andrea Petkovic, Annika Beck, Laura Siegemund
Great Britain Johanna Konta, Heather Watson
Hungary Timea Babos
Italy Roberta Vinci, Sara Errani, Karin Knapp
Japan Misaki Doi, Nao Hibino (ITF)
Kazakhstan Yulia Putintseva, Galina Voskoboeva
Latvia Jelena Ostapenko
Liechtenstein Stephanie Vogt (TRI)
Montenegro Danka Kovinic
Netherlands Kiki Bertens
Paraguay Veronica Cepede Royg (TRI)
Poland Agnieszka Radwanska
Puerto Rico Monica Puig
Romania Simona Halep, Irina-Camelia Begu, Monica Niculescu
Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Daria Kasatkina,
Ekaterina Makarova
Serbia Jelena Jankovic, Ana Ivanovic
Slovakia Dominika Cibulkova, Anna Karolina Schmiedlova
Spain Garbine Muguruza, Carla Suarez Navarro
Sweden Johanna Larsson
Switzerland Belinda Bencic, Timea Bacsinszky
Tunisia Ons Jabeur (ITF)
Ukraine Elina Svitolina, Lesia Tsurenko
USA Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Madison Keys, Sloane Stephens

(ITF) ITF Place (Final Qualification Place)
(TRI) Tripartite Commission Invitation Place

MEN’S DOUBLES ENTRY LIST

Argentina Juan Martin del Potro/Maximo Gonzalez,
Federico Delbonis/Guillermo Duran
Australia Chris Guccione/John Peers
Austria Oliver Marach/Alexander Peya
Belarus Aliaksandr Bury/Max Mirnyi (ITF)
Brazil Marcelo Melo/Bruno Soares, Thomaz Bellucci/Andre Sa (ITF)
Canada Milos Raonic/Vasek Pospisil
Chile Julio Peralta/Hans Podlipnik-Castillo (ITF)
Colombia Juan Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah
Croatia Marin Cilic/Marin Draganja
Czech Republic Tomas Berdych/Radek Stepanek, Lukas Rosol/Jiri Vesely (ITF)
France Pierre-Hugues Herbert/Nicolas Mahut,
Richard Gasquet/Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Germany Philipp Kohlschreiber/Philipp Petzschner
Great Britain Andy Murray/Jamie Murray, Colin Fleming/Dominic Inglot (ITF)
India Rohan Bopanna/Leander Paes
Italy Fabio Fognini/Andreas Seppi
Netherlands Robin Haase/Jean-Julien Rojer
New Zealand Marcus Daniell/Michael Venus (ITF)
Poland Lukasz Kubot/Marcin Matkowski
Romania Florin Mergea/Horia Tecau
Serbia Novak Djokovic/Nenad Zimonjic
Slovakia Martin Klizan/Andrej Martin (ITF)
Spain Marc Lopez/Rafael Nadal, Roberto Bautista Agut/David Ferrer
Switzerland Roger Federer/Stan Wawrinka
Ukraine Illya Marchenko/Denys Molchanov (ITF)
USA Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan, Steve Johnson/Jack Sock
(ITF) ITF Place (Final Qualification Place)

WOMEN’S DOUBLES ENTRY LIST

Australia Daria Gavrilova/Samantha Stosur
Brazil Paula Cristina Goncalves/Teliana Pereira (ITF)
Canada Eugenie Bouchard/Gabriela Dabrowski (ITF)
China, P.R. Xu Yi-Fan/Zheng Saisai, Peng Shuai/Zhang Shuai (ITF)
Chinese Taipei Chan Hao-Ching/Chan Yung-Jan, Chuang Chia-Jung/Hiseh Su-Wei (ITF)
Czech Republic Andrea Hlavackova/Lucie Hradecka, Karolina Pliskova/Lucie Safarova
France Carolina Garcia/Kristina Mladenovic
Germany Angelique Kerber/Andrea Petkovic, Anna-Lena Groenefeld/Laura Siegemund
Great Britain Johanna Konta/Heather Watson
Hungary Timea Babos/Reka-Luca Jani (ITF)
India Sania Mirza/Prarthana Thombare
Italy Sara Errani/Roberta Vinci
Japan Misaki Doi/Eri Hozumi (ITF)
Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova/Galina Voskoboeva
Romania Irina-Camelia Begu/Monica Niculescu, Andreea Mitu/Raluca Olaru (ITF)
Russia Ekaterina Makarova/Elena Vesnina,
Daria Kasatkina/Svetlana Kuznetsova
Serbia Jelena Jankovic/Aleksandra Krunic
Slovakia Dominika Cibulkova/Anna Karolina Schmiedlova
Spain Garbine Muguruza/Carla Suarez Navarro,
Anabel Medina Garrigues/Arantxa Parra-Santonja
Switzerland Belinda Bencic/Martina Hingis, Timea Bacsinszky/Viktorija Golubic
Ukraine Olga Savchuk/Elina Svitolina, Lyudmyla Kichenok/Nadiia Kichenok (ITF)
USA Bethanie Mattek-Sands/CoCo Vandeweghe, Serena Williams/Venus Williams

(ITF) ITF Place (Final Qualification Place)

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Milos Raonic Withdraws from Olympic Games

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From Tennis Canada: (July 15, 2016) Milos Raonic announced on Friday that he has decided to withdraw from competing at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

“It is with a heavy heart that I am announcing my withdrawal from participation in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games,” said Raonic. “After much deliberation with my family and coaches, I am making this decision for a variety of health concerns including the uncertainty around the Zika virus. This was a difficult, personal choice and I do not wish for it to impact the decision of any other athlete heading to the Games. I would like to thank Tennis Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee for their ongoing support. I am very proud to have competed for Canada at the London 2012 Summer Olympics, and on the world stage at several Davis Cup events. I look forward to cheering on Team Canada this summer.”

“We fully respect Milos’ decision as we are sure this is not one he made easily,” said Kelly Murumets, president and CEO, Tennis Canada. “Milos represents Canada proudly week after week around the world and we look forward to future opportunities for him to join Team Canada again on the court.”

Pending invitation by the International Tennis Federation and Canadian Olympic Committee approval, Tennis Canada will nominate Daniel Nestor to replace Raonic in the men’s doubles draw to partner with Vasek Pospisil.

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Victoria Azarenka is Expecting a Child at the End of the Year

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(July 15, 2016) Victoria Azarenka announced on her twitter  that she’s expecting a baby by the end of the year and is withdrawing from all tournaments this year.
“While recovering from my knee injury that I sustained at Roland-Garros, I received news from my doctor that my boyfriend and I are going to become parents at the end of this year,” said Azarenka via twitter. “While I will miss competing in the sport that I love this season, I am excited for all that’s ahead. I have been truly inspired by so many strong female athletes who return to the very top of their sport after having children, and I plan to do exactly that.”

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USTA Names U.S. Olympic Tennis Team

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From the USTA: WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., July 15, 2016 — The USTA, the governing body for the sport of tennis in the United States, today announced the 12-player U.S. Olympic Tennis Team roster for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 5-21.

 

U.S. women’s tennis coach Mary Joe Fernandez nominated six players with four singles entries and two doubles teams. The 22-time Grand Slam singles champion Serena Williams will compete in the singles competition along with Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens, both making their Olympic debut, as well as Venus Williams, who will be competing in her fifth Olympics.In doubles, Serena Williams, the reigning singles gold medalist, and sister Venus Williams will look to remain undefeated in Olympic doubles competition as they seek their fourth gold medal (2000, 2008, 2012). They will be joined by first-time Olympians Bethanie Mattek-Sands and CoCo Vandeweghe in the doubles draw.

 

U.S. men’s tennis coach Jay Berger also nominated six players, including four singles entries and two doubles teams. Four American men will make their Olympic debuts, asSteve Johnson, Jack Sock, Denis Kudla and Brian Baker each will play singles. Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan, the reigning gold medalists in men’s doubles,will return to the Olympics as a U.S. doubles team, with Johnson and Sock making up the other U.S. doubles pairing.

 

The U.S. will later announce its two teams in mixed doubles – which will be contested at the Olympics for the second time since tennis returned to the Games in 1988 – comprised from among the 12 players already named, once all players are in Rio.

 

The 2016 Olympic Games will be held August 5-21 in Rio with the tennis competition being staged August 6-14 at the Barra Tennis Center. The U.S. has won 21 Olympic medals in men’s and women’s tennis since it returned as a full medal sport in 1988 – more than any other nation.

 

“The USTA is extremely proud of the 12 athletes who have worked countless hours on and off the court to earn the opportunity to represent the United States at the Rio Games,” said Katrina Adams, USTA Chairman, CEO and President. “It’s going to be an exciting time for the eight first-time Olympians and for the four returning gold medalists.  I’m looking forward to watching them compete as they look to claim gold.”

 

Serena Williams, 34, is the reigning singles gold medalist and a three-time gold medalist in doubles (2000, 2008, 2012). She also was a singles quarterfinalist in her only other Olympic singles appearance in 2008. By winning the Olympic gold medal in singles and again in doubles in 2012, Williams became the first player ever to complete the career Golden Slam in singles and doubles (winning all four Grand Slam events and the Olympic gold medal in a career). Williams is a 22-time Grand Slam singles champion, tying  her with Steffi Graf for second on the all-time list, two behind Margaret Court.  Serena also has captured 14 Grand Slam doubles titles and two mixed doubles titles. She is one of six women in history to have held the No. 1 rankings in both singles and doubles simultaneously and finished 2015 as the No. 1 player in the world for the fifth time.  Williams holds a 16-1 record in Fed Cup play, including 13-0 in singles, and she helped the U.S. capture the 1999 Fed Cup title. Williams is ranked No. 1 in the world.

 

Venus Williams, 36, holds four Olympic gold medals and will become the first American tennis player to compete in five Olympic Games. She captured the gold medal in singles in 2000 and won gold medals in doubles with her sister Serena in 2000, 2008, and 2012. She is a seven-time Grand Slam champion, including five Wimbledon titles, and has won 14 Grand Slam doubles titles and two mixed doubles titles. She also has ranked No. 1 in both singles and doubles. Williams posted her first Top 10 season since 2010 last year, winning three WTA titles and reaching the quarterfinals at the Australian Open and US Open. In 2013, she re-entered the Top 20 for the first time since being diagnosed with Sjogren’s Syndrome, an autoimmune disorder, following the 2011 US Open. Williams is 23-4 in Fed Cup competition, including 19-2 in singles, and she helped lead the U.S. to the 1999 title. Williams is ranked No. 7 in the world.

Keys, 21, will make her Olympic debut on the heels of breaking into the Top 10 for the first time this June, becoming the first American to debut in the Top 10 since Serena Williams in April 1999.  Keys won her second WTA singles title in June at the grass-court Aegon Classic, played in Birmingham in Great Britain. With the title, Keys peaked at No. 9 in the world. Keys advanced to her first career Grand Slam semifinal at the 2015 Australian Open, where she upset No. 4 seed Petra Kvitova and No. 18 seed Venus Williams. This year, Keys reached the fourth round of the Australian Open and the French Open. She captured her first WTA title at the grass-court event in Eastbourne, Great Britain in 2014, and in 2011, she became the youngest player to win a main draw match at the US Open since Nicole Vaidisova in 2005. Keys has played in three Fed Cup ties for the U.S. with a 3-3 overall record (2-2 in singles, 1-1 in doubles). She is ranked No. 11 in the world.

 

Stephens, 23, is making her Olympic debut and has won three WTA titles this year in Charleston, S.C., Auckland, and Acapulco. She won her first WTA title last year in Washington D.C. Stephens’ breakout came at the 2013 Australian Open, where she defeated Serena Williams en route to the semifinals. At 19 years, 10 months, 3 days old, Stephens was the youngest American to reach a Grand Slam singles semifinal since Williams reached the 2000 Wimbledon semifinals at 18 years, 9 months, 8 days old. Stephens also advanced to the quarterfinals of Wimbledon in 2013 to peak at No. 11 in the world that October. Stephens has played in four Fed Cup ties for the U.S., and is ranked No. 23 in the world.

Vandeweghe, 24, is making her Olympic debut and won her second WTA singles title this year in ‘s’Hertogenbosch, Netherlands (she also won that title in 2014). The following week, she advanced to the semifinals of the WTA event in Birmingham, Great Britain, to reach No. 29 in the world. Vandeweghe also has had success in doubles, advancing to the semifinals at the 2015 US Open and the quarterfinals at the 2016 Australian Open. She also won her first WTA doubles title this year in Indian Wells with her Olympic doubles partner Mattek-Sands. Vandeweghe, also a U.S. Fed Cup player, is ranked No. 35 in the world.

Mattek-Sands, 31, is a veteran on the WTA Tour, but is making her Olympic debut. She is ranked in the Top 10 in doubles and swept back-to-back doubles titles in Indian Wells (with Vandeweghe) and Miami (with Lucie Safarova) this year for her 18th and 19th WTA doubles titles. In 2015, Mattek-Sands won the Australian Open and French Open women’s doubles titles (with Safarova) and the French Open mixed doubles title (with Olympian Mike Bryan). At the 2012 Australian Open, Mattek-Sands teamed with Horia Tecau to win her first Grand Slam title in mixed doubles. In singles, Mattek-Sands has played in 14 US Opens and reached the fourth round of Wimbledon in 2008 and the French Open in 2013 for her career-best Grand Slam results. In 2011, she was ranked a career-high No. 30 in the world in singles before being sidelined by a rotator cuff injury. Mattek-Sands holds a 5-0 record in Fed Cup doubles and a 2-6 record in singles, playing in seven ties. She is ranked No. 12 in the world in doubles.

 

Johnson, 26, is making his Olympic debut. He is ranked a career-high No. 29 in the world after winning his first ATP singles title this June in Birmingham, Great Britain. Last year, Johnsonreached his first career ATP final in Vienna in October, while reaching three additional ATP semifinals.Johnson also made his debut for the U.S. Davis Cup Team in 2015 against Uzbekistan, winning the doubles rubber with Sam Querrey after the duo advanced to the US Open doubles semifinals together. Johnson turned pro in 2012 after completing an outstanding college tennis career at the University of Southern California, winning the 2011 and 2012 NCAA singles championships and leading the Trojans to team titles all four years he played for the school. Following USC, Johnson 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 Sargis Sargisian in 1995. He is ranked No. 25 in the world.

 

Sock, 23, is making his Olympic debut. He reached the final of the ATP events in Auckland and Houston earlier this year and reached a career-high No. 22 in the world this January. Sock won his first ATP singles title in 2015 in Houston and his career-best Grand Slam result came when he reached the fourth round of the 2015 French Open. Sock also has thrived in doubles, winning the 2014 Wimbledon doubles title and the 2015 Indian Wells crown with Vasek Pospisil and peaking at a career-high No. 6 in the doubles rankings in May 2015. He also reached the doubles quarterfinals of the 2015 French Open and 2016 Australian Open.  Sock made his Davis Cup debut in September 2015 in the World Group Playoff in Uzbekistan, where he won both of his singles matches to keep the U.S. Davis Cup team in the World Group for 2016. Sock also competed in the Davis Cup first round this March in Australia and was named to the team for this year’s quarterfinal against Croatia. He is ranked No. 26 in the world.

 

Kudla, 23, is making his Olympic debut and was one of the last direct entries into the Olympics. Kudlaearned a wild card into Wimbledon in 2015 and reached the fourth round for his career-best Grand Slam singles result. In summer 2015, he reached the semifinals of the Emirates Airline US Open Series event in Atlanta (his best ATP result) and qualified for both Cincinnati and Montreal. This year, Kudla won his first-round match at the Australian Open and won matches at the ATP events in Indian Wells, Miami, Houston, and Madrid. Kudla holds six USTA Pro Circuit singles titles and four doubles titles. He was ranked No. 3 in the world junior rankings and reached the boys’ singles final at the 2010 US Open. He is ranked No. 102 in the world.

 

Baker, 31, used a protected ranking to compete in the Olympics this year. He has played on the professional tennis circuit since 2001 and has had numerous successes, but also numerous injuries. At the 2013 Australian Open, Baker retired in his second-round match due to a knee injury and played in just three more tournaments that year (the last being the US Open), having knee surgery in 2014.  In 2012, Baker reached his first-ever ATP final in Nice, France, and advanced to the fourth round of Wimbledon. He also won three singles titles on the USTA Pro Circuit in 2012, including the $50,000 Challenger in Savannah, Ga., to climb nearly 400 spots in the ATP rankings and into the Top 60. Baker also was a standout junior, peaking at No. 2 in the ITF World Junior Rankings in 2003 after reaching the boys’ singles final at the French Open. He is ranked No. 546 in the world and used a protected ranking to make the Olympic team.

 

Bob and Mike Bryan, 38, will make their fourth consecutive Olympic appearance. The brothers captured a gold medal in men’s doubles at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, as well as a bronze medal in men’s doubles in 2008. Together, they own 16 Grand Slam men’s doubles titles. Bob has won seven mixed doubles titles, while Mike has won four mixed doubles titles, including the 2015 French Open with Mattek-Sands. The Bryans own a record 112 ATP World Tour doubles titles together and ended 2014 as the No. 1-ranked doubles team in the world for a record 10th time in 12 years. Bob and Mike are 24-4 together in doubles when playing for the U.S. Davis Cup team and are the all-time winningest doubles team in U.S. Davis Cup history. They also helped lead the U.S. to the 2007 Davis Cup title. Bob has one additional doubles win in Davis Cup with Mardy Fish in 2010.  Mike has two additional doubles wins in Davis Cup in 2008 and 2012. Bob is ranked No. 3 in the world in doubles, while Mike is ranked No. 4.

 

Venus and Serena Williams are the last American women to win Olympic gold in tennis, with Serena winning the singles gold medal and the sisters capturing the gold in women’s doubles at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Andre Agassi was the last American man to win Olympic gold in men’s singles when he defeated Spain’s Sergi Bruguera in the gold medal match at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. The U.S. has not won gold in mixed doubles since 1988.

 

Tennis was part of the Olympic program from the first modern Olympiad in 1896 until 1924.  After a 64-year hiatus, tennis returned to the official Olympic program in 1988, becoming the first sport to feature professional athletes.

 

Team nominations were made by the USTA’s Olympic Oversight Committee and are subject to approval by the United States Olympic Committee and the International Tennis Federation.

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

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(July 14, 2016) The ITF has announced the draws for the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group quarterfinals and Zone Group ties taking place on 15-17 July. A total of 28 ties and four zone group events are being held this week.

 

The eight winners of the Zone Group I second round ties will qualify for the 2016 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 19 July at 10:00 local time (09:00 GMT).

 

 

WORLD GROUP QUARTERFINALS

 

SERBIA v GREAT BRITAIN

Venue: Tasmajdan Stadium, Belgrade, SRB (clay – outdoor)

 

Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) v Kyle Edmund (GBR)

Dusan Lajovic (SRB) v James Ward (GBR)

Janko Tipsarevic/Nenad Zimonjic (SRB) v Dominic Inglot/Jamie Murray (GBR)

Dusan Lajovic (SRB) v Kyle Edmund (GBR)

Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) v James Ward (GBR)

 

ITALY v ARGENTINA

Venue: Circolo Tennis Baratoff, Pesaro, ITA (clay – outdoor)

 

Andreas Seppi (ITA) v Federico Delbonis (ARG)

Fabio Fognini (ITA) v Juan Monaco (ARG)

Marco Cecchinato/Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) v Juan Martin del Potro/Guido Pella (ARG)

Fabio Fognini (ITA) v Federico Delbonis (ARG)

Andreas Seppi (ITA) v Juan Monaco (ARG)

 

CZECH REPUBLIC v FRANCE

Venue: Werk Arena, Trinec, CZE (hard – indoor)

 

Lukas Rosol (CZE) v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)

Jiri Vesely (CZE) v Lucas Pouille (FRA)

Adam Pavlasek/Radek Stepanek (CZE) v Pierre-Hugues Herbert/Nicolas Mahut (FRA)

Jiri Vesely (CZE) v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)

Lukas Rosol (CZE) v Lucas Pouille (FRA)

 

USA v CROATIA

Venue: Tualatin Hills Tennis Center, Portland, USA (hard – outdoor)

 

Jack Sock (USA) v Marin Cilic (CRO)

John Isner (USA) v Borna Coric (CRO)

Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan (USA) v Ivan Dodig/Marin Draganja (CRO)

John Isner (USA) v Marin Cilic (CRO)

Jack Sock (USA) v Borna Coric (CRO)

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP I SECOND ROUND

 

ROMANIA v SPAIN

Venue: Sala Polivalenta Cluj-Napoca, Cluj-Napoca, ROU (hard – indoor)

 

Marius Copil (ROU) v Feliciano Lopez (ESP)

Adrian Ungur (ROU) v Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP)

Florin Mergea/Horia Tecau (ROU) v Pablo Carreno Busta/Marc Lopez (ESP)

Marius Copil (ROU) v Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP)

Adrian Ungur (ROU) v Feliciano Lopez (ESP)

 

UKRAINE v AUSTRIA

Venue: Campa Tennis Club, Bucha, Kiev, UKR (hard – outdoor)

 

Illya Marchenko (UKR) v Dennis Novak (AUT)

Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) v Gerald Melzer (AUT)

Denys Molchanov/Artem Smirnov (UKR) v Jurgen Melzer/Sebastian Ofner (AUT)

Illya Marchenko (UKR) v Gerald Melzer (AUT)

Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) v Dennis Novak (AUT)

 

RUSSIA v NETHERLANDS

Venue: National Tennis Center, Moscow, RUS (hard – outdoor)

 

Andrey Rublev (RUS) v Robin Haase (NED)

Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) v Thiemo de Bakker (NED)

Aslan Karatsev/Konstantin Kravchuk (RUS) v Wesley Koolhof/Matwe Middelkoop (NED)

Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) v Robin Haase (NED)

Andrey Rublev (RUS) v Thiemo de Bakker (NED)

 

HUNGARY v SLOVAKIA

Venue: Europe Tennis Center, Budapest, HUN (clay – outdoor)

 

Peter Nagy (HUN) v Andrej Martin (SVK)

Marton Fucsovics (HUN) v Jozef Kovalik (SVK)

Marton Fucsovics/Levente Godry (HUN) v Andrej Martin/Igor Zelenay (SVK)

Marton Fucsovics (HUN) v Andrej Martin (SVK)

Peter Nagy (HUN) v Jozef Kovalik (SVK)

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP I SECOND ROUND

 

INDIA v KOREA, REP.

Venue: Chandigarh Club Limited, Chandigarh, IND (grass – outdoor)

 

Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) v Hong Seong Chan (KOR)

Saketh Myneni (IND) v Lim Yong-Kyu (KOR)

Rohan Bopanna/Leander Paes (IND) v Chung Hong/Chung Yunseong (KOR)

Saketh Myneni (IND) v Hong Seong Chan (KOR)

Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) v Lim Yong-Kyu (KOR)

 

UZBEKISTAN v CHINA, P.R.

Venue: Olympic Tennis School, Tashkent, UZB (clay – outdoor)

 

Farrukh Dustov (UZB) v Zhang Ze (CHN)

Denis Istomin (UZB) v Wu Di (CHN)

Farrukh Dustov/Denis Istomin (UZB) v Gong Mao-Xin/Li Zhe (CHN)

Denis Istomin (UZB) v Zhang Ze (CHN)

Farrukh Dustov (UZB) v Wu Di (CHN)

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP I SECOND ROUND

 

BRAZIL v ECUADOR

Venue: Arena Minas Tenis Clube, Belo Horizonte, BRA (hard – indoor)

 

Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA) v Emilio Gomez (ECU)

Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) v Roberto Quiroz (ECU)

Marcelo Melo/Bruno Soares (BRA) v Emilio Gomez/Roberto Quiroz (ECU)

Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) v Emilio Gomez (ECU)

Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA) v Roberto Quiroz (ECU)

 

CHILE v COLOMBIA

Venue: Centro Recreacional de Ejercito Huayquique, Iquique, CHI (clay – outdoor)

 

Nicolas Jarry (CHI) v Santiago Giraldo (COL)

Gonzalo Lama (CHI) v Alejandro Gonzalez (COL)

Nicolas Jarry/Hans Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI) v Juan-Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah (COL)

Gonzalo Lama (CHI) v Santiago Giraldo (COL)

Nicolas Jarry (CHI) v Alejandro Gonzalez (COL)

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP II SECOND ROUND

 

LITHUANIA v SOUTH AFRICA

Venue: Azuolynas Tennis Centre, Kaunas, LTU (clay – outdoor)

 

Laurynas Grigelis (LTU) v Tucker Vorster (RSA)

Lukas Mugevicius (LTU) v Lloyd Harris (RSA)

Laurynas Grigelis/Lukas Mugevicius (LTU) v Raven Klaasen/Ruan Roelofse (RSA)

Laurynas Grigelis (LTU) v Lloyd Harris (RSA)

Lukas Mugevicius (LTU) v Tucker Vorster (RSA)

 

BOSNIA/HERZEGOVINA v TURKEY

Venue: Javna Ustanova Za Sport, Odmor I Rekreaciju, Bihac, BIH (clay – outdoor)

 

Damir Dzumhur (BIH) v Cem Ilkel (TUR)

Mirza Basic (BIH) v Marsel Ilhan (TUR)

Mirza Basic/Tomislav Brkic (BIH) v Tuna Altuna/Cem Ilkel (TUR)

Damir Dzumhur (BIH) v Marsel Ilhan (TUR)

Mirza Basic (BIH) v Cem Ilkel (TUR)

 

BELARUS v LATVIA

Venue: National Olympic Training Centre, Minsk, BLR (hard – outdoor)

 

Ilya Ivashka (BLR) v Martins Podzus (LAT)

Yaraslau Shyla (BLR) v Mikelis Libietis (LAT)

Aliaksandr Bury/Andrei Vasilevski (BLR) v Rudolfs Mednis/Janis Podzus (LAT)

Ilya Ivashka (BLR) v Mikelis Libietis (LAT)

Yaraslau Shyla (BLR) v Martins Podzus (LAT)

 

DENMARK v FINLAND

Venue: Lyngbyhallen, Kongens Lyngby, DEN (carpet – indoor)

 

Mikael Torpegaard (DEN) v Jarkko Nieminen (FIN)

Frederik Nielsen (DEN) v Harri Heliovaara (FIN)

Thomas Kromann/Frederik Nielsen (DEN) v Patrick Kaukovalta/Patrik Niklas-Salminen (FIN)

Frederik Nielsen (DEN) v Jarkko Nieminen (FIN)

Mikael Torpegaard (DEN) v Harri Heliovaara (FIN)

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP II RELEGATION PLAY-OFFS

 

LUXEMBOURG v NORWAY

Venue: Tennis Club Cap on Line, Capellen, LUX (hard – outdoor)

 

Alex Knaff (LUX) v Casper Ruud (NOR)

Ugo Nastasi (LUX) v Viktor Durasovic (NOR)

Gilles Kremer/Mike Scheidweiler (LUX) v Viktor Durasovic/Casper Ruud (NOR)

Ugo Nastasi (LUX) v Casper Ruud (NOR)

Alex Knaff (LUX) v Viktor Durasovic (NOR)

 

TUNISIA v BULGARIA 

Venue: Tennis Courts of Cité Nationale Sportive, Tunis, TUN (hard – outdoor)

 

Mohamed Aziz Dougaz (TUN) v Dimitar Kuzmanov (BUL)

Malek Jaziri (TUN) v Alexandar Lazarov (BUL)

Malek Jaziri/Skander Mansouri (TUN) v Aleksandar Lazov/Vasko Mladenov (BUL)

Malek Jaziri (TUN) v Dimitar Kuzmanov (BUL)

Mohamed Aziz Dougaz (TUN) v Alexandar Lazarov (BUL)

 

MONACO v EGYPT

Venue: Monte-Carlo Country Club, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, MON (clay – outdoor)

 

Benjamin Balleret (MON) v Karim-Mohamed Maamoun (EGY)

Romain Arneodo (MON) v Mohamed Safwat (EGY)

Benjamin Balleret/Thomas Oger (MON) v Youssef Hossam/Sherif Sabry (EGY)

Benjamin Balleret (MON) v Mohamed Safwat (EGY)

Romain Arneodo (MON) v Karim-Mohamed Maamoun (EGY)

 

GEORGIA v ZIMBABWE

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

 

George Tsivadze (GEO) v Benjamin Lock (ZIM)

Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) v Mark Fynn (ZIM)

Nikoloz Basilashvili/Nodar Itonishvili (GEO) v Benjamin Lock/Courtney John Lock (ZIM)

Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) v Benjamin Lock (ZIM)

George Tsivadze (GEO) v Mark Fynn (ZIM)

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP II SECOND ROUND

 

PHILIPPINES v CHINESE TAIPEI

Venue: Philippine Columbian Association, Manila, PHI

 

Ruben Gonzales (PHI) v Chen Ti (TPE)

Francis Casey Alcantara (PHI) v Huang Liang-Chi (TPE)

Treat Huey/Jeson Patrombon (PHI) v Hung Jui-Chen/Wang Chieh-Fu (TPE)

Francis Casey Alcantara (PHI) v Chen Ti (TPE)

Ruben Gonzales (PHI) v Huang Liang-Chi (TPE)

 

THAILAND v VIETNAM

Venue: The National Tennis Development Center, Nonthaburi, THA

 

Kittiphong Wachiramanowong (THA) v Nam Hoang Ly (VIE)

Pruchya Isarow (THA) v Thien Nguyen Hoang (VIE)

Sanchai Ratiwatana/Sonchat Ratiwatana (THA) v Dac Tien Nguyen/Minh Tuan Pham (VIE)

Pruchya Isarow (THA) v Nam Hoang Ly (VIE)

Kittiphong Wachiramanowong (THA) v Thien Nguyen Hoang (VIE)

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP II RELEGATION PLAY-OFFS

 

KUWAIT v MALAYSIA

Venue: Kuwait Tennis Federation Center, Meshref, KUW (hard – outdoor)

 

Mohammad Ghareeb (KUW) v Mohd Assri Merzuki (MAS)

Abdullah Maqdes (KUW) v Syed Mohammad Agil Naguib (MAS)

Mohammad Ghareeb/Abdullah Maqdes (KUW) v Mohd Assri Merzuki/Syed Mohammad Agil Naguib (MAS)

Abdullah Maqdes (KUW) v Mohd Assri Merzuki (MAS)

Mohammad Ghareeb (KUW) v Syed Mohammad Agil Naguib (MAS)

 

INDONESIA v SRI LANKA

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

 

David Agung Susanto (INA) v Harshana Godamanna (SRI)

Christopher Rungkat (INA) v Yasitha De Silva (SRI)

Aditya Hari Sasongko/Sunu-Wahyu Trijati (INA) v Yasitha De Silva/Harshana Godamanna (SRI)

Christopher Rungkat (INA) v Harshana Godamanna (SRI)

David Agung Susanto (INA) v Yasitha De Silva (SRI)

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP II SECOND ROUND

 

PERU v MEXICO

Venue: Club Tennis Las Terrazas Miraflores, Lima, PER (clay – outdoor)

 

Mauricio Echazu (PER) v Luis Patino (MEX)

Nicolas Alvarez (PER) v Lucas Gomez (MEX)

Jorge Brian Panta/Juan Pablo Varillas Patino-Samudio (PER) v Santiago Gonzalez/Miguel-Angel Reyes-Varela (MEX)

Mauricio Echazu (PER) v Lucas Gomez (MEX)

Nicolas Alvarez (PER) v Luis Patino (MEX)

 

EL SALVADOR v VENEZUELA

Venue: Complejo Polideportivo de Cuidad Merliot, Santa Tecla, ESA (hard – outdoor)

 

Marcelo Arevalo (ESA) v Jordi Munoz-Abreu (VEN)

Alejandro Gonzalez (ESA) v Ricardo Rodriguez (VEN)

Marcelo Arevalo/Rafael Arevalo (ESA) v Luis David Martinez/Roberto Maytin (VEN)

Marcelo Arevalo (ESA) v Ricardo Rodriguez (VEN)

Alejandro Gonzalez (ESA) v Jordi Munoz-Abreu (VEN)

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP II RELEGATION PLAY-OFFS

 

GUATEMALA v URUGUAY

Venue: Federación Nacional de Tenis de Campo, Guatemala, GUA (hard – outdoor)

 

Christopher Diaz-Figueroa (GUA) v Rodrigo Arus (URU)

Wilfredo Gonzalez (GUA) v Martin Cuevas (URU)

Christopher Diaz-Figueroa/Wilfredo Gonzalez (GUA) v Martin Cuevas/Marcel Felder (URU)

Christopher Diaz-Figueroa (GUA) v Martin Cuevas (URU)

Wilfredo Gonzalez (GUA) v Rodrigo Arus (URU)

 

PARAGUAY v PUERTO RICO

Venue: Court Central Victor Manuel Pecci del Club Internacional de Tenis, Asuncion, PAR (clay – outdoor)

 

Ayed Zatar (PAR) v Sebastian Arcila (PUR)

Diego Galeano (PAR) v Alex Diaz (PUR)

Diego Galeano/Ayed Zatar (PAR) v Sebastian Arcila/Alex Diaz (PUR)

Diego Galeano (PAR) v Sebastian Arcila (PUR)

Ayed Zatar (PAR) v Alex Diaz (PUR)

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Jack Sock Leads Off First Davis Cup Home Tie Against Marin Cilic

Jack Sock

(July 14, 2016) PORTLAND, Oregon – The draw for the USA versus Croatia quarterfinal Davis Cup tie took place in Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland on Thursday.

Jack Sock will lead off play Saturday against 2014 U.S. Open winner Marin Cilic. Cilic comes off a five-set loss in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon to Roger Federer, when the Croatian was leading two sets to none.

For the 23-year-old American Sock, ranked 26th in the world, this will his first Davis Cup tie played in the United States. This is the first time the U.S. has played at home since 2014.

Asked if he felt any added pressure, he said: “I mean, not necessarily any pressure.
“I’m more excited, honestly, to be playing on home soil. I love being a part of the team with these guys. They have a lot more experience than me out here.

“Yeah, I mean, maybe when I go out there, it will be a different feeling than when I played in Uzbekistan and Australia. But more excited than anything to be able to play in front of some home fans, some family and friends. Obviously playing in front of my country and these guys as well.

“Definitely more excited than nervous.”

The second match on Friday pits, No. 1 American John Isner, ranked 16th in the world, against No. 2 and No. 54 in the world, Croatian Borna Coric. They are playing each other for the first time.

The doubles rubber on Saturday will feature Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan of the United States against Ivan Dodigand Marin Draganja of Croatia.

Reverse singles will be played on Sunday with the No. 1’s battling in the first match, followed by the fifth rubber face-off between the No. 2’s.

Croatia comes into the tie having never lost to the United States with a 3-0 record. The U.S. last lost to Croatia in the 2009 World Group Quarterfinal in Porec, Croatia, in which Croatia won 3-2 with Cilic and Ivo Karlovic leading the team. The U.S. also played Croatia in the 2005 World Group First Round in Los Angeles and in the 2003 World Group First Round in Zagreb, Croatia.

The winner of the tie faces the winner of France-Czech Republic in the World Group semifinals.

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Davis Cup Notes and Quotes: USA vs Croatia, Pre-Draw News Conferences

(July 12, 2016) The United States plays host to Croatia in Beaverton, Oregon at the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center, July 15-17, on an outdoor hard court in the quarterfinal round of the World Group in Davis Cup. Tuesday saw both teams have pre-draw news conferences.

 

U.S. Captain Jim Courier, John Isner, Jack Sock, Mike Bryan and Bob Bryan took questions from the media about the Davis Cup tie. Here are a few of the highlights from the news conference:

 

On the short turnaround from Wimbledon:

JACK SOCK: Yeah, I mean, obviously we were all in

London for a while, even playing warmup tournaments,

some of the guys.

 

We were all excited to get back in the States for sure.

Our favorite time of the year is to play in front of the

home crowd here in the States.

 

Especially for me, it’s my first home tie. I played two

ties kind of far away. For me, it will be nice to play in

front of a home crowd and be on a team with all these

guys. I think we’re all looking forward to it.

 

Asked if the team could change the trend of not having a Top 10 player and still winning the Cup.

CAPTAIN COURIER: Well, I think Davis Cup is also

pretty unique in that the home-field advantage can play

a big role. We’ve played a lot of tough teams, some

home, but a lot on the road as well.

 

For us to have a chance now to play here against a

tough team in Croatia, and should we get through this

weekend, which we obviously are here to do, and hope

to, we’d have a home match against France or the

Czechs.

 

You pay your dues in Davis Cup. You go on the road

and try and get your wins, but you also earn the

chance to play at home by playing those matches, too.

Draws matter. Team chemistry and makeup matters.

We have four guys here that love to play for their

country. I have a lot of confidence in them as the

captain, which is why we’re sitting here. I believe we

can win this Davis Cup.

 

I think this year is a really good opportunity for us. We

can’t go more than one step at a time, but it certainly

looks promising if we can get through this weekend.

 

On the debate about the Davis cup format and whether it should be changed.

CAPTAIN COURIER: Davis Cup format has been a

discussion point for the players since Open tennis

began. You can go back and get quotes from Stan

Smith on the challenges that the Davis Cup schedule

puts on the players.

 

When you put it in an Olympic year, like this year, you

look at the calendar, you see why Andy Murray and

Novak Djokovic are both declining to play this week for

their countries, and they’re players who typically play a

lot of Davis Cup. You can see why those challenges

still exist in a pretty crowded calendar.

 

The new president of the ITF, Dave Haggerty, was

president of the US Tennis Association. He’s very

progressive, and I think you’ll see change. It will be

incremental change. It won’t come tomorrow. But I

think you’ll see the ball start to roll towards a new look

in Davis Cup that is a little bit more of the times.

You have to remember the Davis Cup started in 1900,

long before the Masters, long before many massive

sporting events like the Ryder Cup.

 

Davis Cup will need to change if it wants to get more

attention. It’s still a wonderful event. It will be a

tremendous event here this weekend. The people in

attendance will absolutely love it. We’ll love it. But

there will be a lot of people on the east coast of

America that won’t be aware that it’s taking place,

which is one of the things that I think a change in

format would bring for Davis Cup, more attention, not to

mention it would make more money, which for the ITF

would do wonders for the growth of the game.

I have a lot of thoughts on it. It’s on the record. You

can look up my comments from years and years and

years ago on Davis Cup. But I’m sitting here because I

love to be a part of it, even in its current format.

Davis Cup succeeds largely in spite of the format, not

because of it.

 

Asked about strategy against Croatia.

CAPTAIN COURIER: Look, it’s pretty clear what our

strengths are. Bob and Mike on the court are just so

complete. They move in sync. They make it very

difficult for other teams to hit winners. They extract a

lot of errors. Bob and Mike will do their normal dance

out there, which is a thing of beauty to watch. It’s been

incredible to be a captain and witness what they’re able

to do for us.

 

Jack and John, although the heights are a little bit

different, the style and the strengths are very similar.

Serves and forehands are the shots. They’re the ones

that will cause opponents to lose sleep.

 

That gives me great comfort as a captain because that

was my bread and butter, too. I think I have a pretty

good understanding of how they need to play and what

they do on the court well.

 

The other team, just to give you a quick overview,

Marin Cilic, big server, solid off both wings on the

ground, moves pretty well for a big guy. Obviously has

tasted sweet success at slams and tasted some

frustration last week at Wimbledon when he had three

match points against Federer.

 

How will that impact him here? We’ll only know come

Friday when he gets back on the court, because that’s

the only way to figure that out.

 

Coric, probably a better backhand than forehand.

Moves well. Very hungry, very professional for a 19-

year-old. He’s a rising star who won the fifth match for

these guys earlier this year. Has good Davis Cup

experience.

 

Not sure what we’ll face doubles-wise. We know Ivan

Dodig is a terrific doubles player. He has been one of

the top doubles players for a long time. So not sure

who he’ll match up with. Not sure what the

composition of their team will be come Thursday when

they have to tell us, because they have another player

named Skugor, who has played for them, who is also

here with them on site. So they have five players.

There is a lot of unknowables right now on the doubles

format. Cilic is a good doubles player. He could find

himself on the court on Saturday, too.

That’s my overview.

 

Asked about what he needs to do to jump up in the rankings.

JACK SOCK: That was an incredible win by Sam(Querrey). I

think everyone sitting here, everyone in this room, is

very happy for him.

 

Yeah, I mean, obviously the consistency from Novak

and those other guys at the top is what separates

them. I mean, they’re doing it week in, week out,

winning a majority of the tournaments, majority of the

slams.

 

Yeah, I mean, the skill level could be very slim and

anyone can kind of beat anyone on any given day. It’s

probably the little things, the preparation and

everything that goes into it, might be a couple levels

better, a hair better. That can make the difference.

For myself personally, obviously everyone here,

everyone’s always trying to improve and do the little

things the best they can. Doing that week in, week out

can only help us. Hopefully that gap will close sooner

than later.

 

JOHN ISNER: Jack said it. It’s about consistency.

Myself and Jack are very capable of having some very

good weeks on the tour, going deep into some big

tournaments. But these guys do it week in and week

out. That’s really what separates them from everyone

else. It’s what makes them the toughest out in tennis.

You know when you step on the court against them,

you’re going to be up against a very high level of talent

and dedication. Also these guys mentally are so

strong and have been doing it for so long, always have

a lot of confidence because they have a lot of wins

behind them.

 

It’s all about being consistent. It’s what those guys do

remarkably well. As Jack eluded to, we see these guys

in the locker room, on the practice courts. They’re

extremely professional. It’s one of the reasons they’re

top in the world, is because they do absolutely

everything right.

 

 

Team Croatia which included Captain also handled questions from the press with Captain Krajan, Marin Cilic, Borna Coric and Ivan Dodig in attendance.

Asked if members of the team remember Croatia winning the Davis Cup in 2005 and how important it was to their country.

BORNA CORIC: I’m the youngest, so I’m going to

answer first.

 

Basically I started playing even more serious when that

happen. I was very young at that time and I wasn’t

sure if I’m going to try to go pro or not. This was big

thing for the Croatia, as well, and also for me.

It gave me some boost to go forward. It was

unbelievable.

 

MARIN CILIC: Generally it has definitely huge impact

on tennis, in general, especially for a country that small

like Croatia. It was one of the country’s best

achievements in the history. So that’s definitely huge.

I think it gave also a little bit of financial help for the

young ones. Obviously winning it, it’s a big thing. It

attracted few more sponsors for the Federation and

obviously gave a little bit more opportunities for the

young ones.

 

We of course would like that it is still a bit more. But at

that time I think for the young ones was pretty good,

and they could, you know, just look up to the best guys

and follow their lead. That’s, for sure, big motivation.

 

Asked if perfect 3-0 record against the US gives the team confidence.

CAPTAIN KRAJAN: I mean, for sure it gives you

confidence when you are playing against somebody

that you are already 3-Love ahead, better than if you’re

3-Love down.

It’s different because it’s different players, different

times. It’s not the same teams. From that side it is

different.

 

Again, probably there is something that suits us playing

States. We are pretty positive about this tie also.

 

Why is the Croatian team so good?

CAPTAIN KRAJAN: I mean, simply they’re good,

they’re very good. You all know Marin, and you know

what he achieved here in the States. I think you all

remember what he did in New York.

 

You know Borna, what kind of potential. He’s one of

the youngest, best players at his age in the world.

Ivan, great singles player, winning slam in the doubles.

I think they all top players in the world. As I said, that’s

why we are strong and we are looking forward for this

tie.

 

Asked about what it feels like to be a

Grand Slam champion.

IVAN DODIG: Yeah, I think it’s really special moment

for every athlete. For us is to win Grand Slam. It’s

obviously like you feel all the work you put into it, it’s in

the end rewarded. I think every player who start to play

tennis, dreaming about big things, is to win Grand

Slam.

 

Me and Marin had this great feeling. I hope I can still

continue in doubles, do some great results. Still I’m

motivate and hope I can get more Grand Slam. As well

for all our guys here, for Marin, Borna, other Marin. I

think we have great potential and will still have great

moments, as well.

 

MARIN CILIC: Tennis is a very difficult sport looking

mentally. You are all year round going up and down

with your emotions. You’re wondering if you are going

to achieve your best potential, if you’re doing the best

things possible for yourself.

 

Obviously winning a Grand Slam is a part for yourself

that you achieve for all your career, all your life.

Everything you’ve put into it is suddenly worth it. For

me, you have different view on tennis, on your career.

You are obviously more relaxed, but as well on the

other side you are more motivated as you know your

potential, as you know what you can do, what you can

achieve.

 

To be especially in this time, in this era with great

tennis players, the ones that are breaking so many

records, it’s definitely very challenging. It carries a

bigger weight to win a Grand Slam. So it’s definitely a

huge, huge motivation for me to continue on this path.

It’s a sign for all the other guys that are not achieving

their best potential yet, you know, that they can see

with hard work, with dedication, you can of course

believe and achieve these big things.

 

 

The Official Draw Ceremony for the U.S. vs. Croatia Davis Cup World Group Quarterfinal will take place at 1:00 p.m. PT on Thursday, July 14, at Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland. The ceremony will be open to the public.

Croatia is set to play its tenth tie away from home in its last 11 Davis Cup ties, while the United States is seeking to get back to the semifinals for the first time since 2012. The U.S. last won the Davis Cup in December 2007 in Portland, Oregon.

Singles play begins at 11:30 a.m. PT on Friday, July 15, and Sunday, July 17. Doubles play begins on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. PT. Tennis Channel will have television coverage.

Davis Cup Quarterfinals and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Tennis Channel

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