Murray will open against Young in Davis Cup action

The Sports NetworkJanuary 30, 2014 

San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Wimbledon champion Andy Murray will open up against Donald Young in Friday's singles action in the best-of-five opening-round Davis Cup tie between Great Britain and the host United States.

The left-handed Young will play in place of the Americans' top player, John Isner, who also missed the recently concluded Australian Open because of an ankle injury.

Murray-Young will be followed by a rubber between Sam Querrey and Brit James Ward.

Saturday's doubles currently pit Bob and Mike Bryan against a British duo of Murray and Colin Fleming, while Sunday's reverse singles have the world No. 6 Murray battling Querrey and Young taking on the 175th-ranked Ward. Querrey is the highest-ranked American in San Diego, at No. 49 in the world, while Young is 79th on the planet.

The matches will be staged on clay at San Diego's Petco Park in a temporary stadium built in left field, with a capacity of 8,000, including 6,000 temporary seats.

Petco Park is 42,000-seat baseball stadium that serves as the home of the San Diego Padres.

This will be the first time Davis Cup is played in an open-air baseball stadium in the United States and the first time the U.S. Davis Cup team hosts a tie on clay since the 1992 semifinals, when the Americans beat Sweden 4-1 in Minneapolis.

The best-of-five tie marks a renewal of the Davis Cup's oldest rivalry. The 32-time champion U.S. and nine-time winner Britain first met in the first-ever tie in 1900. The U.S. last faced Great Britain in the 1999 World Group first round in England and won 3-2, when current American captain Jim Courier rallied in the fifth and deciding rubber to defeat Greg Rusedski in the fifth set, 8-6.

The U.S. is 11-7 versus Great Britain in Davis Cup play, winning the last four ties. Britain's last win in the series came way back in 1935. The 1999 first-round tie was the only meeting between the two nations under the current World Group format.

The Brits, currently captained by Leon Smith, are in the World Group for the first time since 2008.

The United States-Great Britain winner will face the Argentina-Italy victor in April.

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