2014/04/16

St. Louis to Host USA – France Fed Cup Tie

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From the USTA: WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., March 13, 2014 – The USTA today announced that Chaifetz Arena on the campus of Saint Louis University has been selected as the site for the 2014 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Playoff between the United States and France, April 19-20.  Fed Cup is the world’s largest annual international women’s team competition (96 countries entered in 2014).

 

The best-of-five match series begins on Saturday, April 19, with two singles matches and is followed by two reverse singles matches and the doubles match on Sunday, April 20. Matches will be played on an indoor hard court.

 

The U.S.-France winner will advance to the 2015 World Group and have a chance to compete for the Fed Cup title next year. The loser will be relegated to World Group II. The U.S. has competed in the World Group in 41 of 42 Fed Cup competitions (all but 2012) and is 3-1 in World Group Playoff matches.

 

“This is the first time we are playing Fed Cup in St. Louis, so I am really looking forward to competing there next month in front of an enthusiastic and patriotic home crowd,” said Mary Joe Fernandez, who is in her sixth year as the U.S. Fed Cup captain. “We have veteran players in Serena and Venus Williams who are available to play, as well as many strong, up-and-coming young Americans who are always excited to compete for their country. The tennis will be fantastic, from both the U.S. and France, so we are excited to have the city of St. Louis behind us.”

 

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, March 21, at 10 a.m. CT, with a USTA member pre-sale beginning on Thursday, March 20, at 10 a.m. CT. To order tickets, fans can visit www.ticketmaster.com or www.usta.com/fedcup, call the U.S. Fed Cup hotline at (888) 334-8782, or visit the Chaifetz Arena Box Office. The event is being organized, staged and promoted by the USTA.

 

Missouri will be hosting Fed Cup for the second time. The state previously hosted the 2002 World Group Playoff in Springfield at the Cooper Tennis Complex, where a team that included nine-time Grand Slam champion Monica Seles and 2014 International Tennis Hall of Fame inductee Lindsay Davenport swept Israel, 5-0. Dwight Davis, who in 1900 founded Davis Cup, the men’s equivalent to Fed Cup, was born in St. Louis in 1879.

 

“We’re thrilled to have the USTA and international tennis return to St. Louis,” said Frank Viverito, president of the St. Louis Sports Commission. “Our community has a rich tennis history that dates back to Dwight Davis, who was from St. Louis.  So it’s very meaningful when we can build on that tradition by hosting one of the sport’s most prestigious events.  We’re excited the USTA chose our region and that fans will have the chance to experience the Fed Cup, which has long been on our wish list of events to bring to St. Louis.”

 

“We are ecstatic about hosting the Fed Cup as fans flock to the campus of Saint Louis University to be a part of the electrifying atmosphere as the United States takes on France,” said Global Spectrum’s Jim Wynkoop, General Manager of Chaifetz Arena. “The intimate size of Chaifetz Arena will provide tennis fans an unparalleled, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be a part of world-class tennis from an up-close and personal perspective.”

 

The United States Fed Cup Team will be competing in its third consecutive home tie. In February, the U.S. played in the World Group Quarterfinal in Cleveland, falling to reigning champion Italy, 3-1, with a team of three Fed Cup rookies. The U.S. also found itself in the World Group Playoff in 2013, when Serena Williams and Venus Williams led the U.S. to victory over Sweden in Delray Beach, Fla. The U.S. is 37-5 all-time in Fed Cup ties played at home and holds an overall 143-34 record.

 

This will mark the 13th matchup between the U.S. and France in Fed Cup competition. The U.S. holds an 11-1 advantage, with its only loss coming in the 2003 Final held in Moscow on indoor carpet, where France won, 4-1. The U.S. last played France in Fed Cup in the 2010 World Group Quarterfinal in Lievin, France, with the U.S. winning, 4-1, on an indoor clay court.

 

The site selection is subject to final approval by the International Tennis Federation. Tennis Channel will present live daily coverage of the World Group Playoff.

 

The United States leads all nations with 17 Fed Cup titles, the last coming in 2000.  For more information, including access to player and historical Fed Cup records, please go to www.usta.com/fedcup or www.fedcup.com. Wilson is the official ball of the U.S. Fed Cup Team.

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Knapp Sacks Riske: Italy Advances in Fed Cup Over USA

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By Steve Fogleman

(February 9, 2014) Karin Knapp followed up on her win over Christina McHale yesterday with a clinching 6-3, 7-5 victory today over Alison Riske in the first round of the 2014 Fed Cup season in Cleveland, Ohio. The Italians defeated the American team in all three live rubbers.

Knapp did had some trouble closing it out over Riske, who was a last-minute replacement for Madison Keys in an effort by Captain Mary Joe Fernandez to get some momentum for the US. Riske acquitted herself well. She elevated her game in the second set, and after drawing even with the Italian, she was broken at 5-5 in the next game. Knapp served it out from here.

Overall, the match was more competitive than it might appear.

“It’s not easy because she came back. I got a little bit nervous. I got a little bit of emotion.”

Knapp told the press that the team made a pact to jump in the Cleveland snow if they won the tie.

“After this, we will all put the jacket on, the scarf on and we will jump in the snow!”, she said.

No word on when and where that photo opportunity will occur, but the snowy tundra of Cleveland Public Square is conveniently located between the venue and the Fed Cup hotel.

The snow didn’t stop the crowd from arriving to cheer on the US team, but it did slow them down. There were many empty seats at the start of the tie, but the fans filled in to create a boisterous cheering section by the beginning of the second set. The Public Auditorium was noticeably louder than yesterday.

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Riske had a “big group of people from Pittsburgh” to join her for the event. She called the tie “an unbelievable experience” and noted the “awesome” support from the fans.

She’ll be in training in the two weeks leading up to Indian Wells.

Madison Keys and Lauren Davis won the inconsequential doubles rubber 6-2, 6-3 over Nastassja Burnett and Alice Matteucci.

Italy will advance to the quarterfinals, while the US will be attempting to simply avoid relegation from the World Group in their next outing.

Steve Fogleman is Editor of TennisEastCoast.com, a Mid-Atlantic based tennis website. He is in Cleveland, Ohio covering the Fed Cup tie between USA and Italy for Tennis Panorama News.

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Italy Sweeps USA on Day 1 of Fed Cup to Take 2-0 Lead

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By Steve Fogleman

(February 8, 2014) CLEVELAND – Team Italy blanked the USA on Saturday in Cleveland, Ohio, to take a 2-0 lead in Fed Cup first round action.

Christina McHale played a horrendous first set, ceding second serves to Karin Knapp. Knapp’s powerful backhand threatened to make the match a runaway for the Italian. McHale settled down in the second and broke twice to level the score at 6-4.

The ultimate result was a big bang for Italy with a victory by Karin Knapp in three sets, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. McHale ran her Fed Cup career record to 5-3 with the loss.

After the match, McHale admitted that “by giving her that lead she really relaxed and started playing much better.”

The Italian team was especially loud and supportive. Karin Knapp acknowledged that she feeds off of them and predicted that they would feed off of her win.

“We are not a lot, but we are loud. They helped me”, she said.  “They gave me confidence”.

“If I get the point, maybe Camila goes on the court a little relaxed.”

Maybe you’re right, Karin Knapp.

As predicted by Knapp, Camila Giorgi did come out relaxed…and focused.

Giorgi thrashed Madison Keys 6-2, 6-1, notching a victory for the Italian in her first Fed Cup rubber. Keys seemed to be confused and having one of those days, and she was unable to hold serve on a regular basis.

Giorgi said it did help her composure knowing that her nation was already on the board before she hit her first ball in a Fed Cup.

Keys summed it up best. “She was playing amazingly. I can only control so many things. Great job to her today”, she said.

The Americans are now in danger of losing a fourth straight tie to the Italian team dating back ten years. They’re 0-10 in ties where they’ve started with a pair of singles losses.

But US Captain Mary Joe Fernandez has every reason to believe that this team, at least on paper, should have a realistic shot at pulling a sweep of their own tomorrow. I agree.

Steve Fogleman is Editor of TennisEastCoast.com, a Mid-Atlantic based tennis website. He is in Cleveland, Ohio covering the Fed Cup tie between USA and Italy for Tennis Panorama News.

 

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Catching Up with Alison Riske at Fed Cup in Cleveland

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By Steve Fogleman

(February 7, 2014) CLEVELAND – Alison Riske grew up in Pittsburgh, a mere two hours from Cleveland, but this week marks the first time the 23-year-old has ever been to this nearly-neighboring fair city.

As a die-hard Pittsburgh Steelers fan, Riske is jovial and simultaneously serious about her love of the Steelers spoiling her desire to camp out in Cleveland.

“Never came. It is Browns territory, so I’m like ‘I’m not setting foot over there’.

I wouldn’t want to come to Cleveland for any other occasion than Fed Cup.”

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The World No. 46 admitted this without hesitation when I caught up with her outside of the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott at Key Center on the eve of her maiden Fed Cup voyage as a player.

Riske was a designated hitting partner six years ago as a 17-year-old at the US Fed Cup tie in Moscow and appreciated the experience.

“I got my feet wet. I think that was the whole point of being a ‘Future Fed Cupper’.

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Riske joins Cleveland native Lauren Davis in the fifth and final rubber on Sunday in doubles against Alice Matteucci and Nastassja Burnett. It could be crucial.

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Though she can cross ‘Fed Cup’ off of the old Bucket List for now, she says she’ll gladly come back and play singles anytime.

FUN FACT: Riske is the only regarded WTA player who lists Washington, DC as her address. But she’ll be filling out a change of address form sometime soon.

She’ll head to Toronto to rejoin her coach, Yves Boulais, who she followed to the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, Maryland a year ago. She will train full-time in Canada. Boulais left Maryland and returned to College Park late last year. She credits him for much of her success.

“I feel like my game has transformed into something I can build on. It’s really exciting and I think the best is yet to come.”

Steve Fogleman is Editor of TennisEastCoast.com, a Mid-Atlantic based tennis website. He is in Cleveland, Ohio covering the Fed Cup tie between USA and Italy for Tennis Panorama News.

Alison Riske photo by Steve Fogleman

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Draw Set for US-Italy Fed Cup in Cleveland

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By Steve Fogleman

(February 7, 2014) CLEVELAND – The US and Italian Fed Cup Team match ups are all set in Cleveland, having been determined during an afternoon draw ceremony on Friday at a downtown hotel two blocks from the site of the tie the Public Auditorium.

The second-highest ranked American on the team, Christina McHale, will open against top Italian Team player Karin Knapp at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, followed by Madison Keys and Camila Giorgi.

On Sunday, Keys and Knapp will meet at 12:00 p.m., followed by McHale and Giorgi.

Alison Riske and Lauren Davis were enlisted for doubles, and they will square off on Sunday against Nastassja Burnett and Alice Mateucci in the fifth rubber.

At the post-draw press conference, the members of the American team expressed elation at having been chosen to participate on behalf of the US. Only one of the players—McHale—has previously represented her country in Fed Cup play and she was designated a captain for her experience.

“Whether I play or not, it’s great to be here”, said Alison Riske.

Mary Jo Fernandez spoke out in support of her designation of McHale as the leader of the team.

“It’s a different experience playing for your country. Christina has been there before. She knows what’s coming her way.”

McHale’s past participation aside, this group is Generation Next. The Americans hope to end an 0-3 slump to the Italians, after beating the Azzuri nine times in a row between 1963-2003.

 

DAY/LOCAL TIME      MATCH             PAIRING

Saturday, 1:00 p.m.          Singles A:         Christina McHale (USA) vs. Karin Knapp (ITA)

Singles B:         Madison Keys (USA)  vs. Camila Giorgi (ITA)

Sunday, 12:00 p.m.           Singles C:         Madison Keys (USA) vs. Karin Knapp (ITA)

Singles D:        Christina McHale (USA) vs. Camila Giorgi (ITA)

Doubles: Lauren Davis/Alison Riske (USA) vs. Nastassja Burnett/Alice Matteucci(ITA)

 

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Tennis Channel to Broadcast USA-Italy Fed Cup Tie this Weekend

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(February. 6, 2014) -Tennis Channel will provide exclusive live coverage of the U.S. Fed Cup team’s first-round competition against Italy in Cleveland this weekend, with comprehensive telecasts Saturday, Feb. 8, and Sunday, Feb. 9.  The battle is a rematch of last year’s first round, when Italy defeated the United States en route to claiming its fourth Fed Cup title.  The contest will feature two singles matches on Saturday, and two singles matches and the doubles match Sunday.  Tennis Channel will carry all matches live, beginning at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday and 12 p.m. ET on Sunday.  In addition to televising the United States-Italy matches each afternoon, Tennis Channel will cover first-round competition between Slovakia and Germany in Bratislava, Slovakia, live each morning.

 

Brett Haber (@Brett Haber) and Australia’s most victorious women’s doubles player, Rennae Stubbs (@rennaestubbs), will be in Cleveland for Tennis Channel this weekend.  Handling play-by-play and analysis, respectively, the pair and the matches they cover are part of the network’s Center Court telecast.  Based in the channel’s Los Angeles studio, the daylong tennis block will be hosted by announcer Sam Gore (@sambgore) and former players Tracy Austin (@thetracyaustin) and Justin Gimelstob (@justingimelstob).

 

The action will get underway each morning with Germany-Slovakia Fed Cup coverage at 7 a.m. ET.  Before the U.S. team begins its afternoon play in Cleveland, Gore, Austin and Gimelstob will anchor world-whiparound coverage that takes viewers from Slovakia to men’s ATP events in Montpellier, France; Zagreb, Croatia; Vina del Mar, Chile; and back again.  Similar to the network’s Grand Slam telecasts at the US Open and Wimbledon, Center Court will stay on top of the most exciting matches wherever they take place, connecting all courts via a studio hub.

 

Subscribers of select Tennis Channel distribution partners can follow the network via computer or mobile device with its Tennis Channel Everywhere app.  Free to all Apple and Android users regardless of whether or not they currently subscribe to Tennis Channel, the app offers a number of features in addition to the network’s televised feed.

 

Coverage is as follows (subject to change):

Saturday, Feb. 8:

7 a.m. – Live Slovakia v. Germany / ATP Montpellier / ATP Zagreb

1 p.m. – Live Singles #1 United States v. Italy

3 p.m. – Live Singles #2 United States v. Italy

 

Sunday, Feb. 9:

7 a.m. – Live Slovakia v. Germany / ATP Montpellier / ATP Zagreb / ATP Vina del Mar

12 p.m. – Live Singles #3 United States v. Italy

2 p.m. – Live Singles #4 United States v. Italy

4 p.m. – Live Doubles United States v. Italy

 

The United States holds a 9-3 advantage over Italy in Fed Cup play.  However, Italy has defeated the United States in their three most recent meetings, last year’s first round and the 2009 and 2010 championships. This weekend’s match up will be a rematch of last year’s opener, in which the Italians beat the Americans 3-2 in Rimini, Italy.  The United States, which leads all nations in Fed Cup titles, has clinched the trophy on 17 occasions, the most recent in 2000.

 

The U.S. Fed Cup team is captained by retired American tennis star Mary Joe Fernandez, who as a player helped her Fed Cup team win the championship in 1996.  Fed Cup newcomer Madison Keys earned her first win over a top-10 player last year when she defeated World No. 5 Li Na at the Madrid Open. Alison Riske, another Fed Cup newcomer, turned heads at last year’s US Open when she upset former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova before falling to Daniela Hantuchova.  Christina McHale had an impressive third-round performance at the US Open last year before falling to former World No. 1 Ana Ivanovic.  Lauren Davis, who will also make her Fed Cup debut this weekend, achieved her furthest performance at a Grand Slam when she defeated Germany’s Julia Goerges en route to the third round at the 2014 Australian Open.

 

Italy, Fed Cup winner in 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2013 enters this weekend as defending champion after defeating Russia 4-0 to win the Fed Cup title in 2013.  The team is captained by Corrado Barazzutti and features Karin Knapp, Camila Giorgi, Nastassja Burnett and Alice Matteucci.

 

Slovakia and Germany are tied in Fed Cup competition with one win apiece.  Slovakia won the most recent meeting in 2003.  In 2013 it fell to eventual runner-up Russia in the semifinals.  The country clinched its only Fed Cup trophy in 2002.  Slovakia is captained by Matej Liptak and features Dominika Cibulkova, Daniela Hantuchova, Magdalena Rybarikova and Jana Cepelova.

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US Hopes Youth Will Triumph When They Face Italy in Fed Cup this Weekend

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(February 5, 2014) The USA will face Italy for the fourth time in the last six years when both teams meet again in Cleveland this weekend in Fed Cup quarterfinal play.

Neither team will have its “A” team so youth will be served, especially for Team USA. Fed Cup Captain Mary Joe Fernandez named the team last month – Madison Keys (18), Alison Riske (23), Christina McHale (21) and Cleveland native Lauren Davi (20).

“It’s exciting to have young members, new members on the team, said Captain Fernandez to media on Wednesday in a pre-draw news conference.  “Christina (McHale) is our experienced one, the veteran at the prime old age of what, 21?

“And I think Alison is our oldest player at 23.  So you bring a lot of excitement and energy and enthusiasm when it’s your first time.  You get this great experience to play for your country, represent your country.
So those are all pluses.  I don’t really see any negatives.  Obviously not having played under the pressure of Fed Cup before you never know how someone is going to handle it.
“I think that’s a positive regardless because of the experience and the feedback you get in it.  For me’s really it’s all positive.”

“I think this team from Italy, the challenge is that they’re big hitters,” said Fernandez. “They hit the ball hard and they’re aggressive.  Good indoors.  Probably one of their favorite surfaces.”

Team Italy who will be sporting a team of mostly first-timers are up to the challenge.

“I think will be a tough match, very talented match,” said Italy’s captain Corrado Barazzutti.  “They are young team against, so we come here to try hard to win this match and we know that will be difficult.”
“I think it’s pretty clear the future is very bright, and this is an example of it,” Fernandez said of the US squad.  “This group and the group around them has really been really making strides the last few years and working hard to break each category.
“When I started with the Fed Cup as captain five, six years ago I want to say there were only three Americans in the top 100.  I believe we’re at 11 or 12 now.  So everybody is improving and pushing each other.  We’re seeing the results.
“We have different game styles, which is great, and personalities, but it’s very positive.  It’s extremely exciting to be part of and to see the young players grow and develop as people and as players as well.

As the lone member of the Fed Cup team with any Fed Cup experience, Christina McHale offer some advice to her teammates:

“I’ve had some of my best memories and just fun weeks playing Fed Cup, so I’m really excited to be back on the team.
“I think everyone here has come to a Fed Cup before, so I think they already have some experience.
“I mean, I think just, you know, it’s such an honor to play for your country, so just giving it everything you have, which we always do.  I think that’s the best advice.”

Italy beat the US in the first round of Fed Cup last year. Overall, the US has a 9-3 record versus Italy in Fed Cup play. The US has the record for the most Fed Cup titles at 17, while last year’s winners Italy have now won the cup four out of the past eight years.

 

 

 

 

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US Names Keys, Riske McHale and Davis to Fed Cup Team

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(January 29, 2014) U.S. Fed Cup Captain Mary Joe Fernandez announced that up Madison Keys, Alison Riske, Christina McHale and Cleveland native Lauren Davis will represent the United States in the 2014 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas First Round tie against reigning Fed Cup champion Italy. The best-of-five match series will be played at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Feb. 8-9. Keys, Riske, and Davis will be making their Fed Cup debuts.

 

The winner advances to face either Spain or the Czech Republic in the semifinals, April 19-20.

 

Italian Captain Corrado Barazzutti announced earlier this week that Italy’s Fed Cup team will consist of world No. 45 Karin Knapp, No. 84 Camila Giorgi, Nastassja Burnett, and Alice Matteucci.

 

“We have a fresh group of young talent competing in this Fed Cup tie against Italy,” said Fernandez, who resides in Cleveland. “They’ve already won big matches on Grand Slam stages and are a reason why the future of American women’s tennis is so bright. Both Alison and Lauren had strong showings at the Australian Open earlier this month, Madison is the youngest player in the Top 40, and Christina has had valuable Fed Cup experience as well as solid showings in tournaments around the world. I have complete confidence in this team to step up and play great tennis in front of a patriotic crowd in Cleveland.”

 

Top Americans Serena Williams (back) and Sloane Stephens (wrist) will not compete due to injury.

 

The first-round showdown begins Saturday, Feb. 8, with 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, when the No. 1 players square off and the No. 2 players meet, followed by a doubles match. Play on Saturday begins at 1:00 p.m. ET and play on Sunday begins at 12:00 p.m. ET. A revised schedule for Sunday may take place if a team clinches in the third or fourth match.

 

Single-day tickets for $25 per day remain available at www.usta.com/fedcup or by calling 888-334-USTA (8782). Collection Auto Group of North Olmstead, Ohio, will serve as a Fed Cup Tie Sponsor. Tennis Channel will present live daily coverage.

 

Ohio will be hosting Fed Cup for the first time. This match will mark the fourth meeting between the U.S. and Italy in the last six years. While Italy has won the last three matchups, the U.S. leads the overall series, 9-3. The U.S. defeated Italy in its first-ever Fed Cup tie, in 1963, and last defeated the country in 2003. The U.S. is 37-4 all-time in Fed Cup ties played at home.

 

World No. 37 Madison Keys, 18, is making her Fed Cup debut. Keys broke into the Top 40 in the world in 2013 after reaching the third round of the Australian Open and Wimbledon. In 2011, she became the youngest player to win a main draw match at the US Open since Nicole Vaidisova in 2005. And in 2009, she became the youngest player (14 years, 48 days) since Martina Hingis in 1994 to win a WTA match. Entering the 2014 season, Keys qualified for and reached the semifinals of the Australian Open tune-up event in Sydney, and she then advanced to the second round of the Australian Open. She trains with the USTA Player Development program at the USTA Training Center Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla.

 

Alison Riske, 23, is also making her Fed Cup debut. She is ranked a career-high No. 47 in the world after reaching the third round of the 2014 Australian Open and the quarterfinals of the WTA event in Hobart, Australia, at the beginning of the year. Riske gained national attention after advancing to the fourth round of the 2013 US Open, where she defeated former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the third round. Also in 2013, she reached the semifinals of the WTA grass-court event in Birmingham, England, and advanced to the third round at Wimbledon.

 

World No. 59 Christina McHale, 21, made her debut for the U.S. Fed Cup team in the 2010 quarterfinals and has a 4-3 record in Fed Cup play (all singles), winning her last four matches (all in 2012). McHale was the youngest member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic tennis team and reached the third round of three Grand Slam events that year. In 2011, she established herself as the second-highest-ranked American behind Serena Williams and became the youngest player in the WTA Top 50 after defeating then-world No. 9 Marion Bartoli en route to the third round of the US Open. She also won the bronze medal in singles and the silver in doubles at the 2011 Pan Am Games. As a junior player, she swept the singles and doubles titles at the 2009 USTA Girls’ 18s National Championships to earn wild cards into the US Open. Like Keys, McHale trains with the USTA Player Development program in Boca Raton.

 

World No. 60 Lauren Davis, 20, a Cleveland native, will also be making her Fed Cup debut. She reached the third round of the 2014 Australian Open for her career-best Grand Slam result. Davis competed in all four Grand Slam events in 2013 and started the year by reaching the quarterfinals of the Australian Open tune-up event in Hobart, losing to Stephens. After the Australian Open, Davis returned to the States and won the $100,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Midland, Mich. Davis broke into the Top 100 for the first time in her career in 2012, qualifying for and reaching the second round of the French Open and advancing to the quarterfinals in Quebec City, Canada. Davis also ended the 2012 season strong on the USTA Pro Circuit, winning the $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Las Vegas, sponsored by music mogul Redfoo of LMFAO. Davis peaked at No. 3 in the ITF World Junior Rankings in 2010, when she won the Orange Bowl and reached the final of the Easter Bowl. She trains at the Chris Evert Academy in Boca Raton.

 

Fed Cup is the world’s largest annual international women’s team competition (96 countries have entered for 2014).  The U.S. and Italy are among the eight nations eligible to win the 2014 title as part of the elite Fed Cup World Group. The U.S. leads all nations with 17 Fed Cup titles, the last coming in 2000, and holds an overall 143-33 record. For more information, including access to player and historical Fed Cup records, please go to www.usta.com/fedcup or www.fedcup.com. Wilson is the official ball of the U.S. Fed Cup Team

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Cleveland’s Public Auditorium to Host US vs Italy in First Round of 2014 Fed Cup

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(November 6, 2013) The USTA announced that the Public Auditorium in Cleveland has been selected as the site for the 2014 Fed Cup World Group First Round between the United States and reigning Fed Cup champion Italy, February 8-9.  Fed Cup is the world’s largest annual international team competition (96 countries have entered for 2014).  The U.S. and Italy are among the 8 nations eligible to win the 2014 title as part of the elite Fed Cup World Group.

 

The best-of-five match series begins on Saturday, February 8, with two singles matches and is followed by two reverse singles matches and the doubles match on Sunday, February 9. The winner of this match will advance to face either Spain or the Czech Republic in the semifinals, April 19-20.

 

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, December 6, with a USTA member pre-sale beginning on Wednesday, December 4. Fans can call the U.S. Fed Cup hotline at (888) 334-8782 or visit www.usta.com/fedcup to receive the latest ticket information. The event is being organized, staged and promoted by the USTA.

 

Ohio will be hosting Fed Cup for the first time, becoming the 15th state to host a Fed Cup tie. Davis Cup, the men’s equivalent to Fed Cup, was hosted in Cleveland 10 times between 1960 to 1979, including the 1973 Davis Cup Final at the Public Auditorium, where the U.S. lost to Australia. Notable Davis Cup players who have competed in Cleveland include Arthur Ashe, John McEnroe, Charlie Pasarell, and Rod Laver.

 

The United States Fed Cup Team will be competing in its second consecutive home tie after Serena Williams and Venus Williams led the U.S. to victory over Sweden in Delray Beach, Fla., in the 2013 World Group Playoff. The U.S. is 37-4 all-time in Fed Cup ties played at home and holds an overall 143-33 record.

 

This match will mark the 13th matchup between the U.S. and Italy in Fed Cup competition. Italy won the last three meetings, but the U.S. leads the overall series, 9-3. The U.S. last faced Italy in the 2013 World Group First Round, losing a  3-2, tie in Rimini, Italy. The U.S. also played Italy in consecutive Fed Cup World Group finals in 2009 and 2010, both won by the Italians. The U.S. last won against Italy in the 2003 World Group Quarterfinal in Washington, D.C.

 

The site selection is subject to final approval by the International Tennis Federation. Tennis Channel will present live daily coverage of the World Group First Round.

 

The United States leads all nations with 17 Fed Cup titles, the last coming in 2000.  For more information, including access to player and historical Fed Cup records, please go to www.usta.com/fedcup or www.fedcup.com.

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U.S. Davis Cup Team Draws Great Britain in 2014 Davis Cup in First Round

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(September 18, 2013) The oldest rivalry in Davis Cup history will be renewed next year as the United States drew Great Britain in the first round of the 2014 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas at today’s draw ceremony in London.  The United States defeated Great Britain in the first Davis Cup competition in 1900 and will host them again , January 31-February 2 at a venue and on a surface to be determined by the USTA.

 

“Great Britain will be a challenging and exciting opponent for us,” said Captain Jim Courier. “It’s going to memorable to have the two original Davis Cup nations face off again for the first time since the competition’s Centennial Celebration in 1999.”

 

The U.S. last faced Great Britain in the 1999 World Group First Round in Birmingham, England. The United States won that tie, 3-2, when current U.S. Davis Cup Captain Jim Courier rallied in the fifth and decisive match to defeat Greg Rusedski in the fifth set, 8-6.  Courier also won a five-set match on the opening day of that tie, defeating Tim Henman in four-hours and 12-minutes.

 

The United States-Great Britain rivalry is the oldest rivalry in Davis Cup history, dating back to the first competition. The U.S. holds an 11-7 record against Great Britain in Davis Cup play, winning the last four ties.  Great Britain’s last win in the series came in 1935. The 1999 first round tie was the only meeting between the two nations under the current World Group format.

 

The USTA has begun its selection process for hosting this marquee match-up. The timeline for interested parties in bidding to host is as follows:

  • Friday, October 4 – Deadline to notify the USTA of intent to bid
  • Friday, October 25 – Deadline to submit bid to the USTA
  • Mid-November – Anticipated announcement of site selection

The RFP can be found at usta.com/daviscup or at this link.

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