Novak Djokovic Playing in Boise, Idaho
Photo: Rhona Wise/European Pressphoto Agency
“The Davis Cup continues to have commitment issues, which is why Juan Martín Del Potro won’t be playing for Argentina in the quarterfinals this week, even though Argentina has yet to win the trophy.
But the Cup, still the premier team event in tennis, does have full commitment this year from the player atop the rankings.
Novak Djokovic is re-entrenched at No.1 and remains Serbia’s most prominent athlete and ambassador. And one of the great quirks and strengths of Davis Cup is that it can put the game’s biggest stars in unlikely places.
Through the years, Davis Cup road trips have taken Roger Federer to Casablanca, Rafael Nadal to the Czech city of Brno, John McEnroe to Dublin and Andre Agassi to Harare, Zimbabwe, with McEnroe watching and fretting from the captain’s chair.
Now the U.S. team’s desire for novelty and any whiff of an edge has brought Djokovic to Boise, Idaho: a pleasant city of about 210,000 that most foreigners and even a few Americans would struggle to place on a map.
But Boise is no tennis wasteland. It has more than 80 public outdoor courts and particularly active recreational adult leagues. It was also once home to the Idaho Sneakers, a World Team Tennis franchise whose lineup once included the American doubles stars Bob and Mike Bryan.
“We had a lot of fun,” Bob Bryan said at a news conference Tuesday. “We were just fresh out of college, happy to be on the tour, living and dying with every match, even though it didn’t mean that much in the grand scheme of things.”
But Boise has never staged a Davis Cup match or any other professional tennis match of genuine import. There are two reasons that is about to change.”
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Article written by CHRISTOPHER CLAREY
US Team Congratulates Querrey After Win
Cred: Susan Mullane
After Sam Querrey and John Isner gave the U.S. a 2-0 lead on the first day of play, Brazil came storming back with a doubles win over the top ranked doubles team in the world (Bob and Mike Bryan) and a 4th round singles win in which Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci defeated Isner in 5 sets.
With the score tied 2-2 going into the 5th round, Querrey saved the United States’ Davis Cup chances with a 4 set win over Brazil’s Thiago Alves. Up next, the Americans will take on number 1 in the world, Novak Djokovic and the rest of the favored Serbian team in the Davis Cup Quarter-Finals. This match and the rest of the Quarter-Final matches will take place in early April (4/5 – 4/7).
The New York Times Tennis Blog, “Straight Sets”, posted a great article on the United States first round Davis Cup win. A short exerpt from the article is below:
“The United States was in trouble when Sam Querrey began his Davis Cup match against Thiago Alves on Sunday. A few booming serves later, the Americans were headed for the quarterfinals…”
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The 2013 Davis Cup begins today with the U.S. (World No. 6) taking on Brazil (World No. 16). Team Captain Jim Courier will lead John Isner, Sam Querrey, and the Bryan Bros. against the Brazilians today at 2pm EST in Jacksonville, FL (coverage begins on Tennis Channel at 5pm EST).
John McEnroe, a huge supporter of Davis Cup play, holds multiple American Davis Cup records including most wins (59), most singles wins (41), most ties played (30), and most years played (12). He played both singles and doubles and he and Peter Fleming won 14 of 15 Davis Cup doubles matches together.
More than any other player in his era, McEnroe was responsible for reviving U.S. interest in the Davis Cup when he made his debut in 1978, which had been shunned by Jimmy Connors and other leading U.S. players, and had not seen a top U.S. player regularly compete since Arthur Ashe.
Peter Bodo of ESPN’s Tennis Blog gives a breakdown of the U.S. Davis Cup team, their match-up against Brazil, and their road ahead. Click Here to read the full article.