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Georgia's Robby Ginepri Named to Davis Cup Team

January 29, 2003 11:15 AM

The USTA and Captain Patrick McEnroe today announced that James Blake, Mardy Fish, Taylor Dent and Robby Ginepri have been named to the U.S. Davis Cup team that will face Croatia in the 2003 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas first round, February 7-9, in Zagreb, Croatia. This match will mark the first meeting ever between the United States and Croatia in Davis Cup play.

It was also announced that Andy Roddick has been diagnosed with severe tendonitis in his right wrist and will be unable to play on the U.S. team against Croatia.

“I’m excited about watching our young guns take the responsibility into their own hands for our quest to bring the Davis Cup back to the United States,” said McEnroe. “Unfortunately, Andy will not be able to join the team, but I know our team is up to the challenge of taking on Croatia.”

Ginepri, 20 and a resident of Marietta, Ga., is making his first appearance on the U.S. Davis Cup team, after serving two stints as a practice partner on the 2001 and 2002 U.S. teams. He won the USTA Waikoloa Challenger in Hawaii last weekend, an event won by Andy Roddick and Blake the last two years. He reached the second round of the 2003 Australian Open, defeating former Olympic gold medallist Marc Rosset in the first round.

Blake, 23 and a resident of Tampa, Fla., reached the fourth round of the Australian Open for his best career performance at a Grand Slam event. He won his first ATP singles title in Washington, D.C., last August, defeating Andre Agassi en route. Like Davis Cup founder Dwight Davis, Blake attended Harvard University, where he was an NCAA singles finalist in 1999. Blake holds a 7-1 Davis Cup record (3-0 in doubles), the best start for a U.S. Davis Cupper in singles and doubles combined since John McEnroe started 14-0 from 1978 to 1980.

Fish, 21 and a resident of Vero Beach, Fla., made his Davis Cup debut for the United States in the 2002 first round against the Slovak Republic in Oklahoma City. He and Blake clinched the eventual 5-0 win for the U.S. with a four-set win in doubles over Karol Beck and Jan Kroslak. Fish reached the third round of the Australian Open, a career best showing at a Grand Slam event, where he upset No. 5 seed Carlos Moya in the second round.

Dent, 21 and a resident of Newport Beach, Calif., is making his first appearance on the U.S. Davis Cup team. Dent won his first ATP singles title in 2002 in Newport, R.I., defeating Blake in the final. He reached the third round of both the Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2002, his best showing at a Grand Slam event. Dent’s father, Phil, played Davis Cup for Australia for eight years.

ESPN will televise eight hours of the U.S. vs. Croatia first round, with taped coverage beginning on Friday, Feb. 7 at 1:00 pm ET on ESPN with the opening day of singles play. The doubles match will air on tape delay at 3:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 8 on ESPN2, while taped coverage of the final singles match on Sunday, Feb. 9 will begin at 2:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

AIG is the official sponsor of the U.S. Davis Cup Team.

The USTA owns and operates the US Open and selects and supports the teams that represent the United States in Davis Cup, Fed Cup and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA, the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the United States, is a not-for-profit organization with more than 660,000 members. It invests all its resources to promote and develop the growth of tennis, from the grass roots to the professional levels. For more information on the USTA, log on to usta.com.




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