San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Wimbledon champion Andy Murray will open
up against Donald Young in Friday's singles action in the best-of-five
opening-round Davis Cup tie between Great Britain and the host United States.
The left-handed Young will play in place of the Americans' top player, John
Isner, who also missed the recently concluded Australian Open because of an
Murray-Young will be followed by a rubber between Sam Querrey and Brit James
Saturday's doubles currently pit Bob and Mike Bryan against a British duo of
Murray and Colin Fleming, while Sunday's reverse singles have the world No. 6
Murray battling Querrey and Young taking on the 175th-ranked Ward. Querrey is
the highest-ranked American in San Diego, at No. 49 in the world, while Young
is 79th on the planet.
The matches will be staged on clay at San Diego's Petco Park in a temporary
stadium built in left field, with a capacity of 8,000, including 6,000
Petco Park is 42,000-seat baseball stadium that serves as the home of the San
This will be the first time Davis Cup is played in an open-air baseball
stadium in the United States and the first time the U.S. Davis Cup team
hosts a tie on clay since the 1992 semifinals, when the Americans beat
Sweden 4-1 in Minneapolis.
The best-of-five tie marks a renewal of the Davis Cup's oldest rivalry.
The 32-time champion U.S. and nine-time winner Britain first met in the
first-ever tie in 1900. The U.S. last faced Great Britain in the 1999 World
Group first round in England and won 3-2, when current American captain Jim
Courier rallied in the fifth and deciding rubber to defeat Greg Rusedski in
the fifth set, 8-6.
The U.S. is 11-7 versus Great Britain in Davis Cup play, winning the last
four ties. Britain's last win in the series came way back in 1935. The
1999 first-round tie was the only meeting between the two nations under the
current World Group format.
The Brits, currently captained by Leon Smith, are in the World Group for the
first time since 2008.
The United States-Great Britain winner will face the Argentina-Italy victor in
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