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Isner, Young and Bryans heading to Glasgow

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February 24, 2015 11:18 AM
By Nicholas J. Walz, USTA.com
 
A recent flourish by a determined Donald Young was rewarded with a trip across the pond.
 
United States Davis Cup Captain Jim Courier named the ascending Young as one of four players to represent the U.S. in its first-round tie against Great Britain. The current world No. 45 joins top-ranked American and world No. 20 John Isner and the world’s No. 1 doubles team of Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan. The best-of-five match series will be played on an indoor hard court at the Emirates Arena, March 6-8, in Glasgow, Scotland.
 
Great Britain Captain Leon Smith named world No. 3 Andy Murray, world No. 108 James Ward and doubles specialists Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot to compete against the U.S.
 
Young, 25, was chosen by Courier as the fourth and final member of the squad after reaching his second career ATP singles final last weekend in Delray Beach, Fla. The week before, Young also had a strong week in Memphis, earning spots in the singles semifinals and doubles final. This will be the left-hander's second apperance for the U.S. Davis Cup team; he last played in 2014 against this same Great Britain squad.
 
Isner, 29, and the Bryans, 36, represent three-fourths of the team that swept Slovakia, 5-0, last September in Chicago to maintain the U.S. team's status in World Group I. For Isner, it will be his 10th Davis Cup tie. For the Bryans, Glasgow represents a chance to not only help lead the U.S. to victory but also to expand upon their 22 career wins as a doubles pairing, the most by an American duo.
 
Play begins each day at 1 p.m. local time (8 a.m. ET). Friday, March 6, will include two singles matches featuring each country’s No. 1 player against the other country’s No. 2 player. Saturday’s schedule features the doubles match. And the final day of play on Sunday features the two “reverse singles” matches, when the No. 1 players square off followed by the No. 2 players meeting each other in the final match.
 
All matches are best-of-five sets until one nation clinches the tie. A revised schedule for Sunday may take place if a team clinches in the third or fourth match.
 
The U.S.-Great Britain rivalry is the oldest in Davis Cup history, dating back to the first competition in 1900. The two countries last met in January 2014, in a World Group First Round tie played on a clay court in the left field of San Diego’s Petco Park; Andy Murray won both his singles matches to lead Great Britain to a 3-1 victory in that matchup. The U.S. is 11-8 all-time against Great Britain and had won the last four Davis Cup ties against the Brits prior to 2014. The U.S. holds a 214-68 overall record in Davis Cup play.
 
The winner of this tie advances to the World Group Quarterfinal, July 17-19, and will play either France or Germany. Should the U.S. defeat Great Britain, it will travel to Germany or host France. The losing nation will compete in the World Group Playoff, Sept. 18-20, for the right to play in the World Group in 2016.
 
Additionally, Courier announced the practice partners for the U.S. Davis Cup team – top juniors Stefan Kozlov and Francis Tiafoe. Kozlov, 17, the No. 5-ranked junior in the world, reached the junior boys’ final at both Wimbledon and the Australian Open in 2014. Tiafoe, 17, peaked at No. 2 in the ITF World Junior Rankings last year, reaching the boys’ semifinals at the 2014 US Open junior tournament.
 
For more information, including access to player and historical Davis Cup records, please go to www.usta.com/daviscup or www.daviscup.com. Follow the U.S. Davis Cup team on Twitter: @USDavisCupTeam.
 

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