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Birmingham Sets First-Round Attendance Record

March 9, 2009 03:30 PM
Birmingham, Ala, set a U.S. record for attendance at a first-round Davis Cup tie with 45,708 fans for the three day event, March 6-8.

It was the third largest tie crowd in U.S. history, following only 50,962 at the 1990 fi­nal at the Sun Coast Dome in St. Petersburg, Fla., and the 48,529 that attended a 1984 quar­terfinal at The Omni in At­lanta.

The American team defeated Switzerland 4-1, with two victories by Andy Roddick and the doubles match being taken by Bob and Mike Bryan. James Blake won the dead rubber.

While Switzerland's megastar Roger Federer did not play due to injury, Birmingham packed the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex Arena with enthusiatic fans who help drive the U.S. team to victory. The Americans will face Croatia on their home soil in the second round in July..

Birmingham ranked fifth through seventh in U.S. history. The crowd dipped to 15,118 on Sunday, after peaking Saturday at 15,867. Friday's opener drew 14,723.

Tennis Channel announcer Ted Robinson said, the crowd was "very impressive -- and they were probably louder for Blake than in the Roddick match. I can't fa­thom Birmingham could have left a better taste than it did this weekend."

Jim Courier, the four-time Grand Slam winner, attended the Davis Cup here and will now look at the Birmingham market for his seniors. Courier plays on the tour with John McEnroe and recent addition Pete Sam­pras.



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