Debut on the bench of the United States for Mardy Fish, former number 7 ATP and winner of fourteen career titles between singles and doubles: his team was included in the Group F, one of the most uncertain, with Italy and Canada. One hundred and fifth year of participation in the tournament for the USA, victorious on thirty occasions (the last time in 2007) and outgoing semi-finalists (it is thanks to the penultimate act reached in 2018 that the “pass” for the Madrid event arrived, whose start is set for tomorrow). Absent John Isner, therefore the number one will be the twenty-two Taylor Fritz, closely followed by Reilly Opelka, Sam Querrey, Frances Tiafoe is Jack Sock, which in recent weeks has definitively left the singular world rankings.
TAYLOR FRITZ AL DEBUTTO – First absolute summons with the USA for Taylor Fritz, winner in 2019 of the Eastbourne tournament and finalist in Atlanta and Los Cabos. In season he achieved good results even in double and certainly, from this point of view, he will be kept under observation in the case of a possible 1-1 after the singles: the Rancho Santa Fe native, in fact, reached the last act in the tournament Basel ATP 500 (alongside Reilly Opelka, another player to consider) and the semi-final in Chengdu's ATP 250 with Nicholas Monroe.
EVENT FOR THE "GIANT" REILLY – First time for Fritz, first time for Opelka: it will be a week of debuts at the Davis Cup Finals for young Americans. Winner of the first career title in that of New York, Opelka reached the semifinals in Atlanta, Tokyo and Basel, in addition to the third round at Wimbledon (after beating Stebe and Wawrinka, he surrendered to Raonic). It has registered the best ranking at the 31st position, currently it is found at 36 with a great goal for 2020: the entry into the Top-20.
SAM QUERREY, EXPERIENCE AT THE SERVICE OF YOUNG PEOPLE – With his thirty-two years of age, he is the oldest in the group: the final in Eastbourne (lost to compatriot Fritz) in singles and the semifinal in doubles at the Australian Open are the most important results of 2019 of the San Francisco tennis player , victorious in six of the last seven singles matches played in the Davis Cup. His help to Fritz and Opelka, two players now "navigated" in the major circuit but still a beginner in the team competition, will surely be fundamental.
ALL US NUMBERS –
Ranking by countries: 6th
Final victories: 32 (1900, 1902, 1913, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1937, 1938, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1954, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971 , 1972, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1990, 1992, 1995, 2007)
First participation: 1900
Years in the World Group: 38
Most victorious player: John McEnroe (59-10)
Most victorious single player: John McEnroe (41-8)
Most successful double player: Mike Bryan (27-5)
Last challenge played: Croatia-United States 3-2 (Coric b. Johnson, Cilic b. Tiafoe, M. Bryan / Harrison b. Dodig / M. Pavic, Querrey b. Cilic, Coric b. Tiafoe)