Maria Sharapova looks to rebound from her fourth-round loss to Dominika Cibulkova at the Australian Open. (Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
The Watch List spotlights the must-know storylines for the upcoming week in tennis. This week brings the return of Davis Cup and Maria Sharapova’s appearance at the Paris Indoors.
Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Juan Martin del Potro and Roger Federer are just a few of the top names you won’t see on this weekend’s Davis Cup rosters. On top of that, Andy Murray’s participation in the San Diego-hosted tie against the United States is also in doubt. That takes all the fizzle out of the two blockbuster first-round ties, between Serbia and Switzerland and the United States and Great Britain.
As of now, Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka will lead the Swiss against a Serbian team that doesn’t include a top-100 singles player. If Murray decides to skip the tie against the United States, John Isner will lead a strong U.S. team, including Sam Querrey and the Bryans, against a British team that won’t have a top-150 singles player. Bummer.
A more in-depth preview of the weekend’s action will come after the draws.