You Are Viewing All Posts In The Davis Cup Category

Photos: Best shots from the Davis Cup quarterfinals

Decrease fontDecrease font
Enlarge fontEnlarge font
Roger-Federer-Stanislas-Wawrinka-1

This could be the year Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka bring the Davis Cup home to Swizerland. (FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

After a thrilling weekend of Davis Cup ties, we’re down to the Final Four, France will host the two-time defending champion Czech Republic, while Switzerland, the only team left to never have won Davis Cup, will host Italy. The semifinals will be played in September the week after the U.S. Open.

NGUYEN: Roger Federer propels Team Switzerland into Davis Cup semifinals

The World Group Playoffs will take place the same weekend as the main competition. With promotion and relegation on the line, the U.S. will host the Slovak Republic and Canada will host Colombia. In a tough travel schedule, Serbia will have to fly to India and Spain will travel to South American to play Brazil. Will we see Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal jump in to help their teams stay in the World Group? We will see.

Here’s a look at some of our favorite photos from last weekend’s quarterfinals:

Read More…


  • Published On Apr 09, 2014
  • Watch List: Roger Federer leads Swiss at Davis Cup, Serena goes to Charleston

    Decrease fontDecrease font
    Enlarge fontEnlarge font
    Serena Williams will arrive in Charlotte carrying a 15-match win streak on the green clay. (Lynne Sladky/AP)

    Serena Williams will arrive in Charlotte carrying a 15-match win streak at the venue. (Lynne Sladky/AP)

    The Watch List spotlights the must-know storylines for the upcoming week in tennis. This week, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Sloane Stephens and Eugenie Bouchard ease into the clay season in Charleston, S.C., while the men pause for Davis Cup.

    Family Circle Cup

    [Complete draw]

    Serena Williams was all smiles after winning her seventh Sony Open title on Saturday, and she’ll take that positive energy to Charleston, S.C., where she is the two-time defending champion. She has a 15-match winning streak on Charleston’s green clay, having lost just one set in the last two years. Needless to say, she’s the top seed, with last year’s finalist, Jelena Jankovic, the No. 2 seed. The two played a memorable final last year, when the veterans trading some verbal jabs before Serena rallied from a set down to win 12 of the last 14 games. Read More…


  • Published On Mar 30, 2014
  • Tweets of the week: #Excited for Roger Federer’s Davis Cup announcement

    Decrease fontDecrease font
    Enlarge fontEnlarge font

    Andy Murray’s Twitter takeover took on a life of its own, Stanislas Wawrinka returned to normal life and Roger Federer hijacked the Davis Cup. Here are some of the best of this week’s dispatches on Twitter. 

    Read More…


  • Published On Jan 31, 2014
  • Petco Park temporarily turned into a tennis stadium for Davis Cup tie

    Decrease fontDecrease font
    Enlarge fontEnlarge font
    Petco-Park-1

    A red clay tennis court currently sits in left-center field of Petco Park. (Courtesy of the USTA)

    By Tim Newcomb

    The U.S. hosts Britain in the first round of Davis Cup this weekend, giving the USTA the freedom to choose where and on what surface the tie is played. So, naturally, the U.S. went all in. Not only did it choose to play on red clay, a rarity, but it also built the court in the left-center field of Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres.

    “It is what the guys wanted,” said Jeff Ryan, USTA’s senior director of team events. “[Doubles specialists Bob and Mike Bryan] feel comfortable on it and they thought the folks from Great Britain, led by Andy Murray, would be challenged by it. We are using it to our advantage.”

    If bringing more than 50 tons of red clay into an MLB park is what it takes to slow down Murray, the world No. 6, then the U.S. is all for it.

    Read More…


  • Published On Jan 30, 2014
  • Roger Federer makes last-minute decision to play Davis Cup vs. Serbia

    Decrease fontDecrease font
    Enlarge fontEnlarge font
    Roger-Federer-16

    Roger Federer lost in the semifinals of the Australian Open to Rafael Nadal. (Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

    Roger Federer will join Stanislas Wawrinka on Switzerland’s Davis Cup team for this weekend’s first-round tie against host Serbia. Federer was not on the original list of nominations, but the news was confirmed by the official Davis Cup Twitter account:

    “BREAKING! @rogerfederer will play in the first round of #DavisCup this weekend in Switzerland’s tie against Serbia!”

    Federer has not played a first-round Davis Cup tie since 2005 and he skipped the tournament in 2013. It’s no secret that the competition has never been a top priority for him. Since his first nomination, in 1999, Federer has played 22 ties for Switzerland, holding a 43-15 record overall and 32-7 in singles.

    Read More…


  • Published On Jan 29, 2014
  • Daily Bagel: Highlights of Juan Martin del Potro’s offseason training

    Decrease fontDecrease font
    Enlarge fontEnlarge font

    The Daily Bagel is your dose of the interesting reporting, writing and quipping from around the Internet.

    • Video: Some highlights of Juan Martin del Potro’s offseason training. From this video, we can assume that he wore a shirt about 30 percent of the time.

    • In this quick hits video with Serena Williams, she reveals, among other things, that she would like to trade places with her dog, Chip.

    • Sloane Stephens has hired Paul Annacone as her full-time coach for the 2014 season.

    “I’m happy to add Paul as my coach for the 2014 season,” Stephens said. “His success as both a player and coach speaks for itself. We had a great preseason working together and I’m excited for the opportunity to continue working together.”

    Read More…


  • Published On Jan 03, 2014
  • Del Potro lashes out at Argentine tennis federation over Davis Cup frustrations

    Decrease fontDecrease font
    Enlarge fontEnlarge font
    Juan Martin del Potro hasn't played in the Davis Cup since Argentina lost to the Czech Republic in the 2012 World Group semifinals. (BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

    Juan Martin del Potro hasn’t played in the Davis Cup since Argentina lost to the Czech Republic in the 2012 World Group semifinals. (BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

    Juan Martin del Potro has never had an easy relationship with the Argentine tennis federation. The No. 1 Argentine skipped Davis Cup duties in 2013 in order to focus on the ATP Tour; unsurprisingly, it led to negative press and questions regarding his patriotism and loyalty to his teammates.

    Last week, del Potro revealed an email he sent to the head of the federation, as well as Davis Cup captain Martin Jaite, calling them out for using the Argentinian press against him and confirming that he will not be playing in next year’s first round Davis Cup tie against Italy in Argentina.

    “I am tired that you invite me [to play Davis Cup] by email or messages and that, at the same time, you put pressure on me through some media, publishing articles on whether or not I will play Davis Cup, trying to make me look bad in the public eye, which to me appears a hypocritical double speech,” del Potro wrote.

    Read More…


  • Published On Nov 19, 2013
  • Watch List: Davis Cup final preview

    Decrease fontDecrease font
    Enlarge fontEnlarge font
    Tomas Berdych and Novak Djokovic

    Tomas Berdych (left) and Novak Djokovic are scheduled to meet in reverse singles on Sunday. (Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images)

    Serbia and the Czech Republic will play for the Davis Cup title this weekend in Belgrade, where Novak Djokovic will try to lead his country to victory over the defending champions despite the absence of two mainstays.

    Serbia, the 2010 winner, won’t have its second- and third-ranked players, Janko Tipsarevic and Viktor Troicki, when the final begins Friday on an indoor hard court at Belgrade Arena. Tipsarevic is suffering from a heel injury, while Troicki is serving a doping suspension. That only increases the pressure on Djokovic, who will be expected to win his two singles matches and possibly play doubles, too.

    Read More…


  • Published On Nov 14, 2013
  • U.S. will play Davis Cup tie against Great Britain at Petco Park

    Decrease fontDecrease font
    Enlarge fontEnlarge font
    Petco Park

    Rendering of proposed layout for first round Davis Cup tie between U.S. and Great Britain. (Photo: USTA)

    Tennis in a baseball stadium? Sure, why not?

    The USTA has confirmed that Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres, will host the first-round Davis Cup tie between the U.S. and Great Britain in February of next year. For the first time since 1992, the U.S. has chosen to host the tie on an outdoor clay court. It’s also the first time the U.S. Davis Cup team will play in a baseball stadium. Based on the photo above, the court will be laid down in the outfield with around 8,000 temporary seats.

    Since the Davis Cup draw was announced in September, talk of the Americans abandoning their traditional tactic of laying down lightning-fast indoor hard courts in favor of clay courts picked up steam.  American No. 1 John Isner and Sam Querrey’s games are built for fast courts that reward big hitting, and Britain’s No. 1, Andy Murray, also has his best results on quicker surfaces. But while Isner and Querrey have both won titles on red clay, Murray has not. It is by far his least favorite surface and the Americans are perfectly happy to exploit that advantage.

    Read More…


  • Published On Nov 05, 2013
  • Davis Cup’s oldest rivalry, U.S. vs. GB, will be renewed in first round of 2014

    Decrease fontDecrease font
    Enlarge fontEnlarge font
    Andy Murray celebrates his Davis Cup victory over Ivan Dodig of Croatia. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)

    Andy Murray celebrates his Davis Cup victory over Ivan Dodig of Croatia. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)

    The 2014 Davis Cup draw was conducted today in London, England, and with the number of star-laden teams in next year’s World Group, the first round is full of potentially blockbuster, hotly-contested ties.

    The United States will host Andy Murray and Great Britain in first-round action, while Serbia will host Switzerland in what could be a blockbuster tie if Roger Federer decides to play.

    The only negative surrounding the first round is the timing. The ties will be held over Super Bowl weekend from January 31st to February 2nd. Will tennis ever benefit from some good timing?

    Here are four that we’re looking forward to watching:

    Read More…


  • Published On Sep 18, 2013


  •