Tennis This Week: Davis Cup (USA vs Belgium) in Nashville
It’s the world’s largest annual international tennis competition… and it’s coming to Music City.
Expect a lot of home team love, Southern-style when Team USA and Team Belgium meet in the Davis Cup in Nashville this weekend… especially after John Isner’s victory at the Miami Open yesterday—the biggest win of his career, so far. Players from the United States and Belgium will face off at Curb Event Center on Belmont University’s campus for the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup, played April 6-8.
What is The Davis Cup?
The Davis Cup was founded in 1900. The last time the event was held in Nashville came in 1978, when Team USA faced South Africa at Vanderbilt. They call it the Wolrd Cup of tennis. The United States has the most Davis Cup titles with 32, but it hasn’t won one since 2007 and hasn’t been past the quarterfinals since 2012.
In February, the U.S. team defeated Serbia 3-1 in the first round. Belgium defeated Hungary 3-2. The winner in Nashville will advance to the semifinals Sept. 14-16.
Play begins at 4 p.m on Friday, April 6 and Saturday, April 7, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 8. Two singles matches featuring each country’s No. 1 player against the other country’s No. 2 player will take place Friday. Saturday’s schedule features the doubles match, and Sunday features a head-to-head match between each country’s No. 1 players and a head-to-head between each country’s No. 2 players.
All matches are best-of-five sets until one nation clinches. Sunday will feature a revised schedule if a team clinches in the third or fourth match. Tennis Channel will provide live daily coverage.
Team USA captain is former No. 1 ranked player Jim Courier will lead world No. 9 John Isner, No. 14 Sam Querrey, No. 16 Jack Sock, No. 52 Steve Johnson, and No. 54 Ryan Harrison on the U.S. team.
Belgium captain Johan Van Herck leads world No. 110 Ruben Bemelmans, No. 319 Joris De Loore, Sander Gille, and Joran Vliegen, who is ranked No. 98 to his team.
For tickets, (single-day tickets and three-day ticket packages at www.usta.com/daviscup.