Workforce USA launches its quest for a record-extending thirty third Davis Cup this week.
You’ll be able to watch all of it dwell on Tennis Channel.
Tennis Channel can have full, dwell protection of america’ Davis Cup qualifier towards Ukraine this week in Vilnius, Lithuania, February 1-2.
The top-to-head matchup, with the winner advancing to the Davis Cup Finals in November, is considered one of many contests slated for the community and its streaming service Tennis Channel Plus February 1-4.
The Individuals will get underway Thursday, February 1, at 11 a.m. ET, and are led by the nation’s top-ranked singles participant, Taylor Fritz, and World No. 1 doubles-star Austin Krajicek.
Chris Eubanks, who had a recurring function as a Tennis Channel analyst lately earlier than making a career-best run to the Wimbledon quarterfinals in 2023, is taking part in for the U.S. Davis Cup staff for the primary time this week.
The USA and Ukraine will play two singles matches on February 1. On Friday, Feb. 2, at 10 a.m. ET, they’ll compete in a doubles and two reverse singles matches. The winner of three of 5 matches will qualify for the Davis Cup Finals, set for Malaga, Spain, in November.
Former gamers Mark Knowles (@Knowlzee10s) and Jan-Michael Gambill (@JanmikeGambill) will respectively announce and supply commentary for the community’s Davis Cup-qualifier protection. A local of the Bahamas, Knowles represented that nation 29 instances in Davis Cup play from 1989-2008. Gambill performed for america in 1998 and 2000-2001.
The American Davis Cup staff is captained by all-time doubles nice Bob Bryan, who was a member of the latest U.S. staff to win the match, in 2007.
Fritz, at present ranked World No. 9 in singles, has been as excessive as No. 5, and has had appreciable success in team-tennis codecs. He helped america take the inaugural United Cup championship in 2023, just a few months after contributing to Workforce World’s Laver Cup-winning efficiency in 2022.
Krajicek had a breakout yr in 2023, claiming his first main doubles championship at Roland Garros (generally known as the French Open) and reaching the World No. 1 doubles rating. He additionally made it to the US Open doubles finals, the place he misplaced to a staff with Rajeev Ram, who received the occasion for the third consecutive yr.
Ram, one of many prime doubles gamers on the earth (at present No. 5), will pair with Krajicek on the U.S. Davis Cup staff once more this week.
Eubanks is likely one of the feel-good tales in sports activities up to now yr. After being ranked round No. 200 in singles, he began working as an analyst with Tennis Channel in 2022 whereas nonetheless specializing in his taking part in profession. In 2023, he had his greatest tennis season up to now, successful his first ATP singles title in Mallorca, Spain, and rocketing to a private excessive No. 29 singles rating earlier than the yr was accomplished. He upset No. 12 Cam Norrie and No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas throughout his Wimbledon run, and later reached the quarterfinals in his hometown of Atlanta.
Sebastian Korda completes this week’s U.S. Davis Cup roster. He’s additionally following a sterling 2023 season wherein he reached a profession excessive of No. 25 in singles and made his method to the Australian Open quarterfinals.
Twenty-two different nations will compete for an opportunity to win the 2024 Davis Cup this week: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Chinese language Taipei, Croatia, Czech Rep., Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Peru, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia, South Korea, Sweden and Switzerland. Matchups and schedules may be discovered on the Davis Cup web site: https://www.daviscup.com/en/home.aspx.