In The Swing Of Things

By Dan McLellan

1/31-2/2: Davis Cup, daviscup.com

Petco Park will be the site of world-class tennis competition when San Diego hosts the first round of the 2014 Davis Cup, January 31 to February 2.

The United States-Great Britain rivalry is the oldest in Davis Cup history, dating back to the first competition in 1900, when the U.S. defeated the Brits in Boston. This year, 'Merica has the advantage again, as the matches will be played (for the first time since 1992) on clay courts, a surface British competitors seldom see at home.

The U.S. will likely need the edge in singles play, as reigning Wimbledon champion Andy Murray is expected to compete for Great Britain. "Andy Murray is one of the strongest players in the sport," says U.S. Davis Cup captain Jim Courier.

The U.S. should have the advantage in the pivotal doubles match when twin brothers Robert and Michael Bryan take the court. The power duo is ranked first in the world and has won more professional tournaments than any other doubles team.

"Andy Murray is one of the strongest players in the sport."
-U.S. Davis Cup captain Jim Courier

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