US Davis Cup: The US menâ€™s squad, led by Patrick McEnroe, are off to play on Russian red clay for the World Group semifinal match on September 22-24 (to Monday, the 25th, counting the change in time zones).
The team will be lead by the once-again US #1 Andy Roddick playing first singles; James Blake playing second singles; and the Bryan brothers in doubles. They will be matched up against a strong team of Russian men: Nikolay Davydenko, Mikhail Youzhny, Dmitry Tursonov, and Marat Safin.
What are their chances away from home on slow, red clay?
You have to bet that the Bryans, with their 8-1 Davis Cup record and 3-0 on clay, can win the doubles. Andy is 20-7 in Davis Cup matches; but only 3-5 on clay. So he should win at least one singles match. Now, can he win both or can James Blake (who is 11-6 overall and 3-2 on clay) win at least one of his singles matches?
Cast your vote on the poll in the lower left margin of the home page!
If you want to try to watch some, the TV schedule is below. OLN is the Outdoor Life Network and in on many basic cable lineups; the Tennis Channel is a cable subscription.
Day 1: Friday 22 September: 1400 hrs Local (1800 hrs GMT)
Day 2 : Saturday 23 September: 1400 hrs Local (1800 hrs GMT)
Day 3 : Sunday 24 September: 1400 hrs Local (1800 hrs GMT)
Day 1 : Friday 22 September: 2000 hrs Local (Saturday 23,0000 hrs GMT) 2300 hrs Local (Saturday 23,0300 hrs GMT)
Day 2 :Saturday 23 September: 2000 hrs Local (Sunday 24, 0000 hrs GMT)
Day 3 : Sunday 24 September: 2000 hrs Local (Monday 25, 0000 hrs GMT)