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Davis Cup Action Returns to the San Diego Area

November 15, 2005 10:09 AM

The USTA announced the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club in La Jolla, Calif., as the site for the 2006 Davis Cup first round match between the United States and Romania, February 10-12. The match will mark the first time since 1996 that Davis Cup will be played in the San Diego area. Andy Roddick and the No. 1 doubles team in the world, Bob and Mike Bryan, are expected to represent the United States. Other potential U.S. players include Robby Ginepri, James Blake and Taylor Dent.

Tickets for the three-day, best-of-five match series will go on sale to the general public December 5 and can be purchased by calling (888) 484-USTA. Tickets will be sold as a three-day series with prices ranging from $90 to $375, with VIP packages available. Visitors attending the three-day event can book advance guest room reservations at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club or the Sea Lodge Hotel by calling (800) 656-4980. For more information, visit online at www.ljbtc.com or www.sealodge.com.

Davis Cup was last played in the area when La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad hosted the 1996 first round match where the United States swept Mexico, 5-0. California has hosted Davis Cup on 17 previous occasions dating back to 1937.

“Davis Cup is a special brand of team tennis and San Diego fans can anticipate three days of high-energy entertainment,” said Arlen Kantarian, Chief Executive, Pro Tennis, USTA. “The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club will provide one of the most majestic settings to ever host the U.S. Davis Cup team and we expect a loud, patriotic sold-out crowd.”

“We know we’re going to play in front of some of the most knowledgeable tennis fans in the world,” said U.S. Davis Cup Captain Patrick McEnroe, who played his last home Davis Cup match for the United States in Carlsbad in 1996. “Our guys are committed to doing everything they can to win the Cup this year and we look forward to starting the 2006 campaign in La Jolla.”

“We are thrilled to bring the excitement of Davis Cup back to San Diego,” said Bill Kellogg, President, La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, which plans to construct a temporary hard court and stadium on its pitch-and-putt golf course. “We look forward to hosting an exhilarating weekend of world-class tennis and showcase La Jolla in front of a global audience.”

This will be the sixth meeting between the United States and Romania in Davis Cup play. The United States leads the series, 5-0, and last defeated Romania in the first round of the 1984 Davis Cup in Bucharest. The Romanian Davis Cup team is led by Andrei Pavel and Victor Hanescu.

The winner of the U.S. vs. Romania contest will advance to the 2006 Davis Cup Quarterfinals, April 7-9, to face the winner of the first round match between Chile and the Slovak Republic. Should the United States defeat Romania, they would host the quarterfinal.

Founded in 1900, Davis Cup is the world’s largest annual international team competition with 134 teams competing in 2005. The U.S. is one of 16 nations that will compete for the 2006 Davis Cup title as part of the Davis Cup World Group.

The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, Inc. is a fourth-generation, family-owned and operated company dedicated to the operation of a 14-acre beachside resort location in La Jolla, California. The resort includes three properties including the exclusive La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, the 128-room Sea Lodge oceanfront hotel and the historic Marine Room restaurant. Resort amenities include 14 championship tennis courts, a nine hole Par-3 golf course, two swimming pools, two additional oceanfront restaurants and cocktail lounges and one of Southern California’s only private beaches.

Wilson is the official ball of the U.S. Davis Cup team.

 

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