2014/04/24

USTA Honors Mission Viejo with Brad Parks Award

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., February, 13, 2014 – The United States Tennis Association (USTA) today announced it will present the city of Mission Viejo, Calif., with its Brad Parks Award for the city’s outstanding contribution in helping grow tennis at the local level.  The city will be recognized during an awards banquet at the USTA Annual Meeting and Conference March 15-17 at the Omni La Costa Resort in Carlsbad, Calif.

The Brad Parks Award was established in 2002 to recognize outstanding contributions to the sport of wheelchair tennis. Named after San Clemente resident Brad Parks, a pioneer of wheelchair tennis and the first wheelchair tournament champion, the award is presented annually and honors an individual or organization that has been instrumental in the development of wheelchair tennis around the world through playing, coaching, sponsoring or promoting the game.

The city of Mission Viejo has long been involved in wheelchair tennis in some shape or form. What started out as a local tennis camp for young athletes in the area has grown into an international camp for the top junior wheelchair athletes in the world.  In November, 2013 Mission Viejo was the first U.S. city to host the Wheelchair Tennis Masters at the Marguerite Tennis Pavilion, attracting nearly 40 top players from around the globe.

“The City of Mission Viejo has been a strong supporter of wheelchair sports and of tennis in particular since the 1980’s,” said Steve Bell, City of Mission Viejo Recreation and Community Services. “We are truly honored to be recognized for this by receiving the Brad Parks Award.  What makes this the most special to us is that Brad has played—and continues to play—a huge role in our efforts.”

“Having worked for the Mission Viejo’s tennis teaching staff since 1996, it has been a wonderful adventure in the world of wheelchair tennis for all of us here,” said Jason Harnett, Head Tennis Pro City of Mission Viejo and USTA National Wheelchair Coach.   “We started with a successful local, once-a-week wheelchair tennis clinic and now host arguably the finest junior wheelchair tennis camp in the world. This past year, with the newly renovated Marguerite Tennis Pavilion giving us a beautiful new home for the camp, it also allowed us to secure the hosting duties to the most prestigious wheelchair only event in the world.  What a tremendous honor this journey has been for us”

“The City of Mission Viejo’s commitment as a host to numerous International wheelchair events has set a new standard of professionalism that is unrivaled in the sport of wheelchair tennis in the U.S.,” said Dan James, USTA Wheelchair Tennis National Manager.  “Mission Viejo truly has become a home to wheelchair tennis, and are very deserving of the Brad Parks Award.”

The USTA Annual Meeting and Conference brings together USTA leadership, national staff, national committee members and section volunteers and staff in pursuit of the USTA mission: To promote and develop the growth of tennis. Along with leadership and committee meetings, the USTA Annual Meeting provides education opportunities for all attendees to develop and enhance their personal and professional skills and learn new ways to promote the game of tennis.

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Three USTA Certified Regional Training Centers Sign On for New Three-Year Agreements

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Training Centers in Manchester, Mass., Philadelphia and Tulsa, Okla.,

to Remain USTA Regional Training Centers Through 2016

 

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., February 11, 2014 – The USTA today announced that three USTA Certified Regional Training Centers have signed new, three-year agreements to continue their partnerships with USTA Player Development in the mission to help identify and develop world-class American players.

 

Legacy Youth Tennis and Education in Philadelphia, Pa., Manchester Athletic Club in Manchester, Mass., and Tucker Tennis Academy in Tulsa, Okla., will remain USTA Certified Regional Training Centers (RTCs) through 2016. This year, there are 12 RTCs nationwide in 10 Sections.

 

As USTA Certified RTCs, these programs will continue to enhance the training and development of junior players in their respective areas of the country. USTA Player Development will work together with these training centers and their coaches toward developing the next generation of world-class Americans.

 

“Continuing to work collaboratively with Regional Training Centers is incredibly important,” said USTA Player Development General Manager Patrick McEnroe. “These are three of the most prominent junior development programs in the country, and we are very happy to have their partnership for three more years.”

 

In addition to continuing their existing programs, the RTCs will host USTA Player Development camps for players ages 10-13 in their respective regions. These players will be selected in conjunction with the USTA National coaching staff and their respective USTA Section Player Development Manager and Coaching Commission. The Centers will also run 10 and Under Tennis programs and host 10 and Under Tennis tournaments.

 

The camps will be staffed by coaches at the RTCs and sectional coaches from throughout their respective USTA sections with additional assistance from the USTA National coaching staff. USTA Certified Regional Training Center coaches will also participate in the USTA Coaching Education program by working with the top coaches in their respective region and/or USTA section.  Additionally, the RTC coaches will attend training sessions at USTA National Training Centers in Boca Raton, Fla., Carson, Calif., and Flushing, N.Y.

 

The RTCs expand the USTA Player Development program’s collaboration throughout the country by partnering with academies, clubs, tennis centers and coaches that have a proven record of identifying and developing tennis players. Since December 2008, the USTA has named USTA Certified Regional Training Centers in 13 of the 15 USTA Sections in the continental U.S., and will host camps in all 17 Sections in 2014. Regional Training Centers are an important component of “TEAM USA,” creating a culture of inclusiveness where personal coaches, USTA Sections and USTA Player Development work together to be part of a national movement to create the next wave of world-class American players.

 

The mission of USTA Player Development is to use a systematic approach to produce top professional players on a sustainable basis by partnering with the American tennis family. The Player Development program is based at the USTA Training Center – Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla., and also utilizes the USTA Training Center – West in Carson, Calif., and the USTA Training Center – East in Flushing, N.Y., as well as the network of RTCs throughout the country. USTA Player Development encompasses several areas of oversight including coaching education, player identification and development, sport science, strength and conditioning  and player services.

 

Legacy Youth Tennis and Education is located in Philadelphia’s East Falls neighborhood. Its mission is to prepare young people, especially those from under-resourced families, for success through tennis, education, life skills and leadership development programming. Legacy offers training at six different competitive levels at its indoor-outdoor facility. Jon Glover and Justin O’Neal – former teammates at the University of Florida – are Legacy’s Co-Directors of Player Development.

 

Manchester Athletic Club, in Manchester, Mass., is approximately 30 minutes northeast of Boston and is the home of World TeamTennis’ Boston Lobsters. It is the only USTA Certified Regional Training Center in New England, and its Tennis Academy program was designed personally by renowned coach Nick Bollettieri. Francisco Montoya is the MAC Tennis Academy director, and one of MAC’s students, Grace Joyce, recently advanced to the quarterfinals of the prestigious Les Petits As 14-and-under tournament in Tarbes, France.

 

Tucker Tennis Academy is based out of The Grand Health & Racquet Club in Tulsa, Okla., focusing on technique, footwork, mental discipline, attitude and physical conditioning. Trent Tucker, a former touring professional, is the Academy’s director. One of Tucker’s trainees, 16-year old Olivia Hauger, recently advanced to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open Junior Championship.

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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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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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Teams On The Edge

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By Vito Ellison, Special to Tennis Panorama News

(February 1, 2014) SAN DIEGO – With the Southern California sun finally making an appearance and a partisan crowd finally making their presence both seen and heard, it was clearly a new day in this US vs. Great Britain Davis Cup World Group tie.  Nonetheless, the American team was still haunted by yesterday’s failures at Petco Park in San Diego.

 

For a doubles pairing that had just kept the American side alive in this Davis Cup, the Bryan Brothers were in no mood for celebrating—or even smiling—about their win today, neither was US Davis Cup Captain Jim Courier.  The Bryans raised their record as a team to 21-4 in the competition on the back of a decisive 6-2, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 victory over Dominic Inglot and Colin Fleming. Yet, it was clear from the beginning of their press conference that the twins had other things on their minds.

 

“Always feels bad to let the team down,” Bob said.  He was responding to the first question raised.  While the query was about winning this match following two uncharacteristic, five-set Davis Cup losses a season ago, Bryan’s allusion wasn’t lost on anyone.  Bob was as much referencing the still-stinging memories of their 2013 Davis Cup campaign as he was yesterday’s upset loss by Sam Querrey at the hands of James Ward.

 

The Bryans had little mercy on their opponents today, avenging their teammate’s defeat by drawing 45 forced errors from the British pair in a match that didn’t reach the two-hour mark.  Their only hiccup, a loose game on Bob’s serve in the third set, that cost the USA a straight sets triumph. “I think they just take it to you every time,” said Inglot about his opponents. “They always ask a question of you and they’re never going to give you any free points.” “The match can rush away from you,” Fleming added.  “When we got behind in sets, it can become a blur against them.”

 

As uncharitable as the Bryans were on-court, Courier matched in the pressroom.  When asked about Querrey’s chances of springing an upset of 2-time major champion Andy Murray tomorrow, Courier fired with little hesitation, “He’s going to have to play significantly better than he did yesterday to stand a chance.” The British squad, while realistic, wasn’t taking anything for granted.  When asked about Andy Murray’s chances against a player who had just suffered a disappointing loss, another thinly veiled reference to Querrey, British captain Leon Smith stifled the rumor of a smile breaking out on his face and replied “Very good.  Yeah, very good.”

Vito Ellison is in San Diego, California covering the Davis Cup tie between the USA and Great Britain for Tennis Panorama News. Follow his updates on the site’s twitter @TennisNewsTPN, on his personal twitter @vblacklabel. and visit his site Blacklabeltennis.com.

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Expectations, Or The Lack Thereof; Ward Upsets Querrey

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By Vito Ellison, Special to Tennis Panorama News

(January 31, 2014) SAN DIEGO – “Yeah, from London, Arsenal fan, see myself as a pretty normal bloke,” that’s how James Ward described himself to the assembled press following what was a rather abnormal moment in his career.  On a temporary red clay court constructed in the outfield of a baseball field, 175th ranked James Ward stunned No. 49 Sam Querrey 1-6, 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 in 3 hours and 10 minutes at Petco Park in San Diego.

 

Querrey opened the match in ominous form.  Although he only served 52% in the frame, he stormed to a 6-1 lead in 26 minutes.  This US Davis Cup team’s alpha male was doing the expected versus a presumably outmatched opponent and without much help from his most vaunted weapon.  Asked about moving on from that first set in his post match presser, Ward deadpanned “I thought I couldn’t play much worse than I did in the first set anyway.”

 

With Ward unable to inflict much scoreboard pressure early, he waited for his chances, fully knowing that the situation should ultimately reward him with a few. “They’re one rubber down,” Ward noted. “He’s expected to beat me on paper.  He’s not in an easy position.” After splitting the first six games of the second set though, it looked as if Querrey were about to re-establish his authority on the match. Ward engineered an unlikely comeback from 0-40 down on his serve to hold for 4-3 on serve.  The set went to a tiebreak and it was in that pressure cooker that the big-serving Californian first lost his grip on the match.

 

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It was a topsy turvy affair for the next two sets, Querrey opening the 3rd set strongly, riding newfound momentum to a 6-3 win, backed up by a 4-2 lead in the 4th.  From there, with the expectations shifted back to Querrey, the American, up two sets to one, with a break in the fourth, would only win one more game.  “You know, I think he started to gain some momentum and get some reads on my serve,” Querrey said reflecting on the match.  “You know, kudos to him for making some big shots in the latter part of the match.”

 

The crowd, which had largely been out of the matches all afternoon, in part thanks to Andy Murray’s suffocating victory over Donald Young in the first rubber, began desperately cheering for Querrey to right the ship, but to no avail.  The American No. 1 found himself in a fifth set, a place where he had a 2-7 record; in Davis Cup where he had a 4-6 record.  He wouldn’t improve any of those numbers tonight and his loss leaves the Americans with yet another stat line to try to reverse, 0-2.  The Americans are down 0-2 to Great Britain and will begin trying to take the long road back, starting with the Bryan Brothers tomorrow.  With Murray up next for Querrey, it’ll be the American’s turn to play with no expectations.

 

Vito Ellison is in San Diego, California covering the Davis Cup tie between the USA and Great Britain for Tennis Panorama News. Follow his updates on the site’s twitter @TennisNewsTPN, on his personal twitter @vblacklabel. and visit his site Blacklabeltennis.com.

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College Matchday to Highlight 22 NCAA Division I Matches in 2014

 

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COLLEGE MATCHDAY TO HIGHLIGHT 22 PREMIER

NCAA DIVISION I TEAM MATCHES IN 2014

ESPN3 to Deliver 10 College MatchDays,

Accessible on Computers, Smartphones, Tablets, Xbox, Apple TV and Roku

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., January 29, 2014 – The USTA today announced that College MatchDay, the nationwide series spotlighting college tennis, will feature 22 matches on 18 different campuses in 2014, 10 of which will be delivered by ESPN3. The series will kick off in Tallahassee, Fla., with the Florida State men hosting Oklahoma on Fri., Feb. 7, and the Seminoles women hosting LSU at noon on Sat., Feb. 8, both of which will be carried on ESPN3. The full College MatchDay and broadcast schedule can be found below.

College MatchDay is a weekly series highlighting marquee team matches featuring the best programs, players and coaches around the country. In addition to the ESPN3 coverage, eight College MatchDays will feature a 53-foot, interactive Fan Experience trailer on site, where fans can engage in a number of activities before and during the match.

“College tennis is such amazing and exciting competition, and College MatchDay is a way to shine a light on schools, teams, players and coaches,” said Virgil Christian, the USTA’s Director of Collegiate Tennis. “We hope that College MatchDay can change the landscape of viewing college tennis both in person and at home.”

Every MatchDay that will be delivered on ESPN3 will follow a unique, experimental format, as proposed by an advisory group of NCAA Division I athletic directors: all six singles matches will be played first, best of three tiebreak sets, with each singles match worth one point toward the team total (four points are required to win the team match). Once one team reaches four points and clinches the match, the remaining matches will not be completed. In the case of a 3-3 tie after the singles matches, three doubles matches – played using 10-point super tiebreakers – will be used to determine the winner in what amounts to college tennis’ version of “overtime.” The team that wins two of the three doubles matches wins the team match. All MatchDay dual matches will count toward each team’s win-loss record both overall and, if applicable, in conference. For MatchDays that will not be delivered on ESPN3, the participating teams will not be held to the same, experimental format.

“We’re honored to open the season to College MatchDay. I think it’s a great idea to get more exposure for college tennis,” said Florida State men’s coach Dwayne Hultquist. “I can’t thank the USTA enough for selecting us. I’m looking forward to a great match with Oklahoma in an exciting environment.”

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., January 29, 2014 – The USTA today announced that College MatchDay, the nationwide series spotlighting college tennis, will feature 22 matches on 18 different campuses in 2014, 10 of which will be delivered by ESPN3. The series will kick off in Tallahassee, Fla., with the Florida State men hosting Oklahoma on Fri., Feb. 7, and the Seminoles women hosting LSU at noon on Sat., Feb. 8, both of which will be carried on ESPN3. The full College MatchDay and broadcast schedule can be found below.

 

College MatchDay is a weekly series highlighting marquee team matches featuring the best programs, players and coaches around the country. In addition to the ESPN3 coverage, eight College MatchDays will feature a 53-foot, interactive Fan Experience trailer on site, where fans can engage in a number of activities before and during the match.

 

“College tennis is such amazing and exciting competition, and College MatchDay is a way to shine a light on schools, teams, players and coaches,” said Virgil Christian, the USTA’s Director of Collegiate Tennis. “We hope that College MatchDay can change the landscape of viewing college tennis both in person and at home.”

 

Every MatchDay that will be delivered on ESPN3 will follow a unique, experimental format, as proposed by an advisory group of NCAA Division I athletic directors: all six singles matches will be played first, best of three tiebreak sets, with each singles match worth one point toward the team total (four points are required to win the team match). Once one team reaches four points and clinches the match, the remaining matches will not be completed. In the case of a 3-3 tie after the singles matches, three doubles matches – played using 10-point super tiebreakers – will be used to determine the winner in what amounts to college tennis’ version of “overtime.” The team that wins two of the three doubles matches wins the team match. All MatchDay dual matches will count toward each team’s win-loss record both overall and, if applicable, in conference. For MatchDays that will not be delivered on ESPN3, the participating teams will not be held to the same, experimental format.

 

“We’re honored to open the season to College MatchDay. I think it’s a great idea to get more exposure for college tennis,” said Florida State men’s coach Dwayne Hultquist. “I can’t thank the USTA enough for selecting us. I’m looking forward to a great match with Oklahoma in an exciting environment.”

 

2014 College MatchDay Schedule

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

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(January 20, 2014) WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — The USTA and U.S. Davis Cup Captain Jim Courier  announced that top-ranked American and world No. 13 John Isner, world No. 51 Sam Querrey and the world’s No. 1 doubles team of Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan will represent the United States in the 2014 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas First Round tie against Great Britain. The best-of-five match series will be played on a temporary clay court in left field at Petco Park in San Diego January 31-February 2.

 

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

 

The best-of-five match series begins Friday, January 31, at 11 a.m. PT, with two singles matches, featuring each country’s No. 1 player against the other country’s No. 2 player. Saturday’s schedule features the pivotal doubles match at noon. The final day of play on Sunday, also beginning at 11 a.m. PT, will feature two “reverse singles” matches, when the No. 1 players square off followed by the No. 2 players meeting each other in the final match. All matches are best-of-five sets until one nation clinches the tie. A revised schedule for Sunday may take place if a team clinches in the third or fourth match.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Roger Anderson, Anibal Aranda and Stephen Amritraj Join USTA Development Program as National Coaches

 

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., January 9, 2014 – The USTA announced the hiring of three full-time coaches to USTA Player Development – Roger Anderson and Anibal Aranda as National Coaches, Women’s Tennis and Stephen Amritraj as National Coach, Men’s Tennis.

 

All three coaches have begun their work with USTA Player Development. Both Anderson and Aranda will be based out of the USTA Training Center – Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla., working under Head of Women’s Tennis Ola Malmquist, while Amritraj will work out of the USTA Training Center – West, in Carson, Calif., reporting to Head of Men’s Tennis Jay Berger.

 

“Stephen, Roger and Anibal will each bring valuable experience and incredible passion to the team and will no doubt contribute to the success of American tennis this year,” said USTA Player Development General Manager Patrick McEnroe.

 

Amritraj 29, has coached Mardy Fish, Rajeev Ram, Prakash Amritraj and Eric Butorac on the ATP World Tour since 2009, working with Fish to maintain his Top 10 ranking in 2011-12. This past year, Amritraj was a volunteer assistant coach for the Duke University men’s team – where he played from 2002-06 – which was ranked as high as No. 4 in the country and reached the NCAA Elite Eight.

 

Anderson, 32, has coached on the WTA tour for the last eight years, working with professionals such as Martina Navratilova, Nadia Petrova, Liezel Huber, Patty Schnyder, Sania Mirza and, most recently, Chanelle Scheepers. Once a Davis Cup team member for his native South Africa, Anderson was a Top-400 touring pro and all-American at Georgia Tech.

 

Aranda, 30, was a part-time coach at the USTA Training Center – East in Flushing, N.Y., since September 2012 and had been a teaching pro at several clubs in the New York metro area since 2009. Aranda was the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s NAIA Senior Player of the Year in 2006 at the College of Santa Fe in New Mexico and worked with former Top 100 pro Rosanna de los Rios at the US Open from 2008-10.

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