Isner to lead U.S. Davis Cup team vs. Brazil

by: AP January 31, 2013

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP)—John Isner will play the No. 1 singles spot for the U.S. team against Brazil in the first round of Davis Cup World Group matches.

Team captain Jim Courier made the announcement Thursday at the draw ceremony.

Isner has not played competitively since withdrawing from his opening-round match at the APIA International Sydney three weeks ago with a knee injury.

Sam Querrey will play the No. 2 position. Mike and Bob Bryan will be the doubles team.

The Brazilian team will consist of singles players Thomaz Bellucci and Thiago Alves and the doubles team of Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares. Querrey will play Bellucci in Friday's opening match followed by the Isner-Alves match.

The three-day event begins Friday at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.

More Stories

Nao Hibino, Kurumi Nara win in Tashkent Open first round

Fourth-seeded Hibino, the reigning champion, had few problems beating 16-year-old Komola Umarova. 

Simona Halep cruises into third round at Wuhan Open

The No. 4-seeded Halep was leading 6-3, 2-0 when Begu retired with a back injury amid warm and humid conditions. 

Ivo Karlovic will return for Davis Cup final against Argentina

"Our chances now look much better," Zeljko Krajan, Croatia's Davis Cup captain, said. "...I think we are the favorites."