The 2014 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Playoff between the United States and Slovakia will be played at Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill., a suburb of Chicago, September 12-14.
The best-of-five match series begins Friday, September 12, with two singles matches featuring each country’s No. 1 player against the other country’s No. 2 player. Saturday’s schedule features the pivotal doubles match, and the final day of play on Sunday includes two “reverse singles” matches, where the No. 1 players square off followed by the No. 2 players going head to head. All matches are best-of-five sets until one country wins three matches. A revised schedule for Sunday may take place if a team clinches in the third or fourth match.
Play on Friday begins at 4:00 p.m. CT, play on Saturday begins at 2:00 p.m., and play on Sunday starts at 12:30 p.m. Tennis Channel will present live daily coverage.
The winner of this tie qualifies for the 2015 Davis Cup World Group and is eligible to compete for the Davis Cup title next year. The losing nation will compete in their respective Zone Group I competition in 2015.
Davis Cup will be played in Illinois for the first time since 1928, when the U.S. swept Japan at the Town & Fitness Club in Chicago. The U.S. is 110-18 all-time in Davis Cup ties played at home and holds a 2-0 record over Slovakia.
Founded in 1900, Davis Cup is the World Cup of Tennis. It is the world’s largest annual international men’s team competition with 122 nations competing in 2014. The U.S. leads all nations with 32 Davis Cup titles. The U.S. holds a 213-68 all-time Davis Cup record and owns the longest uninterrupted run in the World Group, dating back to 1989. For more information, including access to player and historical Davis Cup records, please go to www.usta.com/daviscup or www.daviscup.com. Follow the U.S. Davis Cup team on Twitter @USDavisCupTeam. Wilson is the official ball of the U.S. Davis Cup team,
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