Courier faces up to Spanish challenge
USA’s Davis Cup captain Jim Courier says he is excited about what the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas has in store for his team this year.
USA host Brazil in their opening round tie at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, on February 1st to 3rd, their first home tie since they welcomed quarter-final opponents Spain to Texas in July 2011 and Courier is relishing the prospect.
“We’re excited about 2013 as a team,” said Courier. “We’re proud of what 2012 ended up being for us given how challenging the draw was. We’ve earned some home ties this year, which we’re really looking forward to, assuming we win our first one.
“We have Brazil, which will be challenging. They certainly are not walkovers and we’ll be ready to play when we get to Jacksonville the first week of February.”
USA made headlines with several remarkable performances in 2012, beating Switzerland and France on away clay before the team of John Isner, Sam Querrey and Bob and Mike Bryan were beaten by five-time champions Spain in the semi-finals in Gijon.
Spain face Canada in the first round on the same days in a clash which was an early sell-out and are once again hot favourites to lift the title again.