By Jason Brown, USTA.com
Set to make his debut as U.S. Davis Cup Captain, Jim Courier revealed his roster that will travel to Chile in a 2011 first round tie, nominating Andy Roddick, John Isner, Bob Bryan, and Mike Bryan.
The 40th captain in team history, Courier selected an initial five-man roster that included the 22nd-ranked Sam Querrey, but he was left out this time around as he rehabs a shoulder injury.
Querrey is scheduled to travel with the team to Santiago, Chile, leaving open the possibility of a roster move prior to final lineup submissions on Thursday, March 3.
Also conspicuously absent is 16th-ranked Mardy Fish, the hero of the 2010 World Group Playoff against Colombia. Fish is battling a thyroid problem, and stated that it was his call not to suit up for the first round series.
Needing a series victory last September to gain entrance in the 2011 World Group, Fish carried Team USA, accounting for three points in a hotly-contested battle on red clay in Bogota.
Roddick, 31-11 in his Davis Cup playing career, will travel to Chile on the heels of one of his career’s greatest triumphs. Defeating red-hot Milos Raonic in the final of the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships, Roddick captured his 30th career title.
Suffering from a bout of the flu, Roddick withdrew from the Delray Beach Tennis Championships then this week and is resting at home in Austin, Tx. before leaving for Santiago.
Amidst security concerns by the ATP, top-ranked doubles stars Bob and Mike Bryan are competing this week in Acapulco. The twins are an impressive 16-2 in Davis Cup competition, the most as a team in U.S. team history.
With their star player Fernando Gonzalez out of action after having hip surgery, Chilean captain Hans Gildemeister nominated an unproven squad featuring: Paul Capdeville (No. 171), Jorge Aguilar (No. 223), Nicolas Massu (No. 228), and Guillermo Rivera-Aranguiz (No. 353).
Team USA has an unbeaten record of 4-0 against the Chileans in its history.
In their last meeting, a 3-2 victory in the 2006 World Group quarterfinals held on grass at the Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif., Roddick accounted for two singles victories, including the deciding match against Gonzalez.
Should the United States defeat Chile, it would be guaranteed to host a World Group Quarterfinal the weekend of July 8-10, 2011 against either Belgium or Spain.
Tennis Channel will provide live daily coverage of the event, including 9 a.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. on Saturday, and 9 a.m. on Sunday. All times Eastern.
The U.S. leads all nations with 32 Davis Cup titles.