Great Britain mark their return to the Davis Cup 2014 World Group with a trip to San Diego to face the USA who have won the competition more than any other nation in this unique and exciting tournament with a lot of history.
The USA, captained by Jim Courier, consists of Sam Querrey, Donald Young who replaces the injured World No. 13 John Isner, and one of the greatest doubles pairings of all time the Bryan Brothers. They chose to have the tie played on clay courts to work to their advantage and perhaps tactically work against the opposition who aren’t as comfortable or naturally used to the surface. Great Britain are captained by Leon Smith and he has selected World No. 175 James Ward over 19 year old World No. 300 Kyle Edmund to play Sam Querrey on Friday. Also as expected, World No.6 Andy Murray will play in both singles rubbers assuming he is fully fit after his first match against Donald Young who will compete in his first Davis Cup match tomorrow. Murray only has a 2-1 Head 2 Head record over the 24 year old World No. 79, but they haven’t played since 2011. Young won their first encounter in Indian Wells in straight sets, while Murray last beat him in the Bangkok final comfortably 6-2, 6-0. This will be the pairs first meeting on a clay court though.
The Brits have complained that the newly laid court in San Diego is very slippy, the USA have also concurred but are not as concerned by it. Andy Murray described it as not being like a clay court, or at least unlike traditional European clay courts as they are much quicker and therefore pose a stern test for the Scot as he continues to recover from back surgery he underwent last September. In what could be a crucial doubles rubber on Saturday, the Bryan Brothers will be playing Colin Fleming and either Andy Murray or Dominic Inglot. In order to have the best chance of winning that match the Brits will be hoping that Andy Murray chooses to compete in all 3 ties as they attempt to progress to Quarter Finals.