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Atlanta's Robby Ginepri to Face Belgium in Davis Cup World Group Playoff

September 15, 2005 09:13 AM

The USTA and U.S. Davis Cup Captain Patrick McEnroe announced that Robby Ginepri will join Andy Roddick, James Blake, and the doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan on the U.S. squad that will travel to Belgium to compete in a Davis Cup World Group Playoff match on an indoor red clay court at Sportplace in Leuven, Belgium, September 23-25.

The United States must win this tie in order to remain in the 16-team World Group that will compete for the 2006 Davis Cup championship. Earlier this year, the United States lost to Croatia, 3-2, in the first round of the 2005 Davis Cup in Carson, Calif.

“We expect a tough match in Belgium on clay,” said McEnroe. “Andy has been the stalwart of the team and the Bryans have been clutch in doubles for us lately. James and Robby have stepped up this summer and are playing exceptional tennis and we are glad to have them as part of the team for this tie.”

Ginepri, 23, a resident of Marietta, Ga., is also competing in his first Grand Slam quarterfinal today against No. 8 Guillermo Coria. Ginepri is undefeated in two Davis Cup singles matches, helping the United States to a 5-0 sweep of Austria in the first round last year. He won his second career ATP singles title this summer at the US Open Series event in Indianapolis and reached his first ATP Masters Series semifinal this summer in Cincinnati.

The rivalry between the United States and Belgium in Davis Cup dates back to 1953, with the United States leading the series 3-0. In their last meeting, the United States defeated Belgium, 4-1, in the 1998 Davis Cup quarterfinal in Indianapolis. The other two meetings between the United States defeated Belgium were contested in Brisbane, Australia. The United States defeated Belgium in the Inter-Zonal Final in 1953 and 1957 and went on to lose to Australia in the Davis Cup Final both times.

Belgium, captained by Steven Martens, qualified for this year’s Davis Cup World Group Playoff with a 3-2 victory over Serbia & Montenegro, clinching victory in the final rubber. This is the sixth consecutive year that Belgium has appeared in the World Group Playoffs but has only been successful on two of the previous five occasions, the last time in 2002.
 

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