LOS ANGELES AND STAMFORD, CONN. , November 26, 2007 —
American Stars Andy Roddick, James Blake and Brothers Bob and Mike Bryan Host Russian Team in First Final on U.S. Soil Since 1992
Tennis Channel and VERSUS will provide complete coverage of the 2007 Davis Cup final November 30 through December 1, as the United States hosts defending-champion Russia on hard courts in Portland, Ore. The networks will offer same-day and nightly telecasts Friday through Sunday, during a match-up that marks the first time the United States has hosted the Davis Cup final in 15 years.
The U.S., which holds the overall Davis Cup record with 31 championships, is trying to re-capture the title for the first time since 1995 when they defeated Russia at the Olympic Stadium in Moscow. Russia is seventh on the all-time champions list with two titles. This year’s final will also be the first time the championships have been played on U.S. soil since 1992, when the United States beat Switzerland at the Tarrant County Centre in Fort Worth, Texas.
Representing team USA is the World’s No. 1 ranked doubles team, twin brothers Mike and Bob Bryan, and singles players Andy Roddick (No. 5) and James Blake (No. 13). The team will be led by Patrick McEnroe, a former singles player who has held the position of U.S. Davis Cup captain since 2000, as it takes on a Russian group that includes highly ranked singles player Nikolay Davydenko (No. 4) and Mikhail Youzhny (No. 19). Other Russian Davis Cup members are Marat Safin, Dmitry Tursunov and Igor Andreev.
Championship competition between Russia and the United States will consist of two singles matches on Friday, Nov. 30, one doubles match Saturday, Dec. 1, and two singles matches Sunday, Dec. 2. Each of the five matches is worth one point, with the team that wins at least three points walking away with the Cup. VERSUS will carry all matches live, beginning at 4 p.m. ET Friday and Sunday, and 3:30 p.m. Saturday followed by nightly replays on Tennis Channel at 10 p.m. ET.
Coverage from Portland, Oregon’s Memorial Coliseum is as follows (subject to change):
Friday, Nov. 30:
4 p.m. ET VERSUS Live Coverage – Singles, First Day
10 p.m. ET Tennis Channel Nightly Replay – Singles, First Day
Saturday, Dec. 1:
3:30 p.m. ET VERSUS Live Coverage – Doubles, Second Day
10 p.m. ET Tennis Channel Nightly Replay – Doubles, Second Day
Sunday, Dec. 2:
4 p.m. ET VERSUS Live Coverage – Singles, Third Day
10 p.m. ET Tennis Channel Nightly Replay – Singles, Third Day
U.S. Davis Cup sponsor AIG continues its role as the presenting sponsor of all U.S. Davis Cup telecasts on VERSUS and Tennis Channel.
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