No tennis players are among Americans' top 10
favorite men's athletes, according to a Harris survey, but there are 5
tennis players among the nation's top 10 favorite female athletes.
The USTA announced that tickets for the 2014
Davis Cup World Group Playoff between the United States and Slovakia
will go on sale to the general public on Thursday, July 17, at 10:00
a.m. CT. An exclusive pre-sale for USTA members will be held today
, July 16, starting at 10:00 a.m. CT. The best-of-five rubber series
will be played at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill., a
suburb of Chicago, Sept.12-14.
Tickets are sold as three-day packages. Package
prices range from $90 to $500 ($30 to $166 per day). Additional ticket
fees apply. Tickets can be purchased:
The best-of-five rubber tie begins Friday, Sept.
12, with two singles rubbers featuring each country’s No. 1 player
against the other country’s No. 2 player. Saturday’s schedule features
the pivotal doubles rubber, and the final day of play on Sunday includes
two “reverse singles” rubbers, where the No. 1 players square off
followed by the No. 2 players going head to head. All rubbers are
best-of-five sets until one country wins three rubbers then they are
The winner of this tie qualifies for the 2015
Davis Cup World Group and is eligible to compete for the Davis Cup title
next year. The losing nation will compete in their respective Zone Group
I competition in 2015.
The U.S. Davis Cup team has made just one
appearance in Illinois, sweeping Japan in the America Zone final in 1928
at the Town & Fitness Club in Chicago. The U.S. is 110-18 all-time in
Davis Cup ties played at home, playing in 79 different venues in 34
The U.S. holds a 2-0 record over Slovakia in
Davis Cup. The Americans last faced the Slovaks in the 2003 World Group
Playoff in Bratislava, where the U.S. won, 3-2. The U.S. also played
Slovakia in the 2002 World Group First Round in Oklahoma City, with the
U.S. winning the tie, 5-0.
Tennis Channel will present live daily coverage
of the World Group Playoff.