U.S. Names Davis Cup Team to Face Switzerland


Posted on February 25, 2009

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., February 24, 2009 -- The USTA and U.S. Davis Cup Captain Patrick McEnroe announced that world No. 6 Andy Roddick, No. 13 James Blake and the world's top-ranked doubles team Bob and Mike Bryan will represent the United States in the 2009 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas first round match against Switzerland, March 6-8, on an indoor hard court at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex Arena in Birmingham, Ala. The event is being organized, staged and promoted by the USTA. 

This is the eleventh time in the last 12 matches that McEnroe will use the same lineup. The U.S. record of 10 consecutive Davis Cup ties with the same roster came to an end during last year's semifinal against Spain. McEnroe originally nominated the same four players, but Blake and Bob Bryan were replaced by Sam Querrey and Mardy Fish, respectively.

"Our guys have once again answered the call and are ready to accept the challenge of representing their country," said Patrick McEnroe, who has led the U.S. to a 15-7 record since taking over as Captain in 2001. "The dynamic of the match changed when Roger (Federer) had to pull out last week, but we are not going to take the Swiss lightly."

Tennis Channel will air live coverage each day, starting at 1 p.m. ET daily.

Switzerland nominated world No. 17 Stanislas Wawrinka, No. 147 Stephane Bohli, No. 433 Macro Chiudinelli and doubles specialist Yves Allegro for this first round match. 
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6 Milos Raonic6 Ana Ivanovic
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