The U.S. to face Croatia in Davis Cup Play in Beaverton, OR
27 Jun, 2016
The 2016 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group best-of-five match series will be played at the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center in Beaverton, Oregon, starting Friday, July 15. The USTA will be constructing a 6,000-seat stadium around the current main outdoor hard court. It has partnered with the Oregon Sports Authority to bring this event to the Portland area.
Play begins on Friday, July 15, at 11:30 am PT with two singles matches featuring each country’s No. 1 player against the other country’s No. 2 player. Saturday’s play begins as 1:30 pm PT and features the pivotal doubles match. And the final day of play on Sunday, starting at 11:30 am PT, features the two “reverse singles” matches, when the No. 1 players square off, followed by the No. 2 players meeting each other in the final match. All matches are best-of-five sets until one nation clinches the tie. A revised schedule for Sunday may take place if a team clinches in the third or fourth match.
The winner of this match advances to the World Group Semifinal, held September 16-18, for a chance to compete for the 2016 Davis Cup title. The U.S. Davis Cup Team is likely to be led by top American John Isner, Jack Sock, and Bob and Mike Bryan, but U.S. Davis Cup Team Captain Jim Courier has up to 10 days prior to the event to select his four-man roster. Croatia is likely to be led by 2014 US Open singles champion Marin Cilic, who is currently ranked No. 10 in the world.
The USTA is also calling for volunteers and ballpersons for this Davis Cup match-up. To apply to be a volunteer or a ballperson, individuals can now visit www.usta.com/daviscup for additional information.
This is the fourth time that the greater Portland area has hosted Davis Cup. Portland’s Memorial Coliseum played host to the last three ties, including the 2007 Davis Cup Final, where Andy Roddick, James Blake and Bob and Mike Bryan won the last Davis Cup title for the U.S. over Russia. The Memorial Coliseum also hosted Davis Cup in 1981 and 1984, in which the U.S. won both of those match-ups against Australia.
Croatia holds a 3-0 record over the United States in Davis Cup, one of only three countries that hold a winning record over the U.S. The U.S. last faced Croatia in the 2009 World Group Quarterfinal in Porec, Croatia, in which Croatia won 3-2 with Cilic and Ivo Karlovic leading the team. The U.S. also faced Croatia in 2003 and 2005. This will be the United States’ first home tie since 2014 in Hoffman Estates, Ill., as the U.S. team competed on the road against Great Britain and Uzbekistan last year and faced Australia in Melbourne this year.
The United States Davis Cup Team leads all nations with 32 Davis Cup titles. The U.S. holds a 216-69 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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