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USTA announces full slate of public events for Davis Cup week in Austin

June 22, 2011 04:47 PM
The USTA announced that it will host a variety of public events in Austin, Texas to give fans greater access to the players participating in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Quarterfinal between the United States and Spain, July 8-10 at the University of Texas’ Frank Erwin Center. Events include a free Tennis Festival hosted by USTA Texas; an appearance of the Mobile SmashZone; open practices sessions for both the U.S. and Spanish Davis Cup teams; and the official Davis Cup draw ceremony at Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater that will feature a special musical performance by Asleep at The Wheel.  
"The interest in this Davis Cup quarterfinal is as great as any event we have hosted in years," said Jeff Ryan, USTA Senior Director of Team Events. "We have planned more activities around this event to give fans even greater access to the players as they prepare for three days of intense competition." 
U.S. Davis Cup Team Tennis Festival Hosted by USTA Texas
Tuesday, July 5, 6-8:30 p.m.
The USTA Texas Section will host a free Tennis Festival on Tuesday, July 5, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the University of Texas’ Penick-Allison Tennis Center in downtown Austin. The festival will include an appearance by members of the U.S. Davis Cup team and will feature games, music and activities for people of all ages and abilities. Select participants will be able to play tennis with the U.S. Davis Cup team. Parking is available at Trinity Garage near Trinity and E. MLK Jr. Blvd.
Mobile SmashZone
Wednesday, July 6, 1:30-4:30 p.m.
SmashZone, the premiere fan interactive attraction at the US Open, will make a stop in Austin courtesy of tour sponsor Esurance on Wednesday, July 6, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the North Plaza (near the flagpoles) of the Frank Erwin Center.
The free attraction, Mobile SmashZone, is a 53-foot trailer, which will feature a kid-sized Champions of the Court experience presented by Esurance for youth play and complements the USTA’s ongoing 10 and Under Tennis initiative. The trailer features interactive activities, including a Tennis Magazine Green Screen Cover Shoot, Wii Tennis and Touch Screen Kiosks. Free parking is available on a first-come, first-serve basis in Lot 108 on the corner of Red River Street and E. 15th Street.
Open practice sessions
Wednesday, July 6, 4-5 p.m. (U.S. team), 5-6 p.m. (Spanish team)
Following the Mobile SmashZone appearance, the U.S. and Spanish Davis Cup teams will each hold open practice sessions from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the Frank Erwin Center. The U.S. Davis Cup team practice will be open to the public at 4:00 p.m. and fans can also watch the first hour of the Spanish Davis Cup practice starting at 5:00 p.m.  
The event is free and limited to the first 600 fans, who will receive tickets on a first-come, first-serve basis at the North Box Office of the Frank Erwin Center, starting at 3:00 p.m. Doors will open at 3:45 p.m. Free parking is available on a first-come, first-serve basis in Lot 108 on the corner of Red River Street and E. 15th Street. 
Davis Cup Draw Ceremony and Concert
Thursday, July 7,  12 noon
The Official Davis Cup Draw Ceremony will be open to the public on Thursday, July 7, at Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater. The draw ceremony will feature a special musical performance by nine-time Grammy Award-winning Asleep at The Wheel, followed by the introduction of the U.S. and Spanish Davis Cup teams and the making of the official draw. The event will begin at 12:00 noon (doors will open at 11:00 a.m.) and will be a ticketed event. Food and beverage will be available for purchase.
Tickets for the event are $5 plus fees, and the USTA will donate its proceeds to the Joplin Schools Tornado Relief Fund. Tickets go on sale on Friday, June 24, at 10:00 a.m. CT., and will be available online through www.acl-live.com or www.ticketfly.com, charge by phone at (877) 435-9849 or purchase in store at Waterloo Records.
The U.S. vs. Spain Davis Cup quarterfinal is expected to include Davis Cup stalwart Andy Roddick, who currently resides in Austin and is second all-time in U.S. Davis Cup singles victories with 33. World No. 1 and nine-time Grand Slam singles champion Rafael Nadal is expected to compete for Spain. This will be the first home tie for U.S. Davis Cup Captain Jim Courier, who is in his first year at the helm. This is the first home tie for the U.S. Davis Cup team since the 2009 first round in Birmingham, Ala. 
The best-of-five match series begins Friday, July 8, with two singles matches, featuring each country’s No. 1 player against the other country’s No. 2 player. Saturday’s schedule features the pivotal doubles match. The final day of play on Sunday will feature two "reverse singles" matches, when the No. 1 players square off followed by the No. 2 players meeting each other in the final match. All matches are best-of-five sets until one nation clinches the tie. A revised schedule for Sunday may take place if a team clinches in the third or fourth match.  
Founded in 1900, Davis Cup is the world’s largest annual international men’s team competition with 125 nations competing this year. The U.S. leads all nations with 32 Davis Cup titles. The United States holds a 210-64 all-time Davis Cup record and owns the longest uninterrupted run in the World Group, dating back to 1989. For more information, including access to player and historical Davis Cup records, please go to www.usta.com/daviscup or www.daviscup.com.


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