AUSTIN, Texas â€“ The United States Davis Cup Team took questions from the media in a Pre-Draw news conference on Tuesday. The team was asked about how to increase the profile of Davis Cup. US team captain Jim Courier said ” I’m on the record for a long time with saying I think Davis Cup is and undervalued asset for tennis. It’s a pristine property that I think could be a little bit more visible internationally. Certainly in this country it could be more visible.”
“I think when people are in this stadium on Friday, they’re not going to want to be anywhere else in the world. It’s going to be incredible. These feelings go on all over the world in the quarterfinal matches taking place. There’s something to be said for a global focus and a media focus on a two-week event, which makes sense.
“It’s not my fight. It’s not my battle. I don’t own Davis Cup. I’m a willing participant. I love Davis Cup. I want more people to care about Davis Cup.
“When I was given the job as captain, all of my friends said, That’s great, you’re the captain, now can you explain Davis Cup to me. That’s a real problem. That in a nutshell tells you that Davis Cup has some uphill battles to fight at least in this country.
“But I think you’ll see by the presence of the Spanish press here that it’s incredibly meaningful in that country as it is in most outside of the United States. We’re here; we care about Davis Cup. We wish more people in this country did. But the ones that do are very passionate like we are.”
Andy Roddick on improving the Davis Cup profile: “I think, first and foremost, you have to look at it from a global perspective. Davis Cup sells out arenas around the world. I don’t think it’s really a Davis Cup question; I think it would be more how to bring tennis to the forefront. But if you look at tennis from a perspective of a sales, viewership, it’s up across the board. There’s really no reason to defend something that I think has grown more than any other major sport in the last eight, nine years.”
The 2011 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Quarterfinal between the United States and Spain will take place from Friday, July 8, to Sunday, July 10, in Austin, Texas, at the Frank Erwin Center at the University of Texas at Austin on an indoor hard court. The U.S. is playing its first home tie since it defeated Switzerland in the 2009 first round in Birmingham, Ala.
Tennis Channel will air live daily coverage. Fridayâ€™s and Sundayâ€™s singles matches and Saturdayâ€™s doubles match will air live at 3 p.m. ET.
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