US Davis Cup captain Jim Courier believes the USA team should be considered the favourites against Great Britain in their first round tie. The former World no. 1 and four time Grand Slam champion believes his team will win three out of the five matches in the tie.
“I think the United States is favored in three-out-of-five matches, so we would be the favorites,” Courier said. “I think fitness is going to be a key factor here. Our team by and large the last years has been John, Sam, Mike, and Bob, and that’s what I expect for the foreseeable future if everyone is healthy.”
Courier said the reason the U.S. team chose clay because they believe they hold the advantage on this court as they have performed better on clay than the British team has overall. The U.S. team will likely feature No. 14 John Isner and No. 46 Sam Querrey in singles and the top-ranked doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan.
“I think if you look at their results versus our team’s comfort zone, their results tend to come more on the firm surfaces, and our results come on firm surfaces and on the clay,” he said. “You have to assume that Andy Murray is going to be very, very difficult to play no matter what surface you play him on. So you look to the other elements there, the doubles, the second singles. On paper we have a big advantage in those slots.”
The only matches he considers problematic are those involving British no. 1 Andy Murray.
“We’re certainly going to be underdogs against Murray no matter where we play him. But clay is a surface that all four of our guys wanted to play this tie on, so that’s why we’re doing it.”
The United States will meet Great Britain on January 31-February 2 at PetCo Park in San Diego.