International tennis tourney comes to Austin

Will Anderson

The United States Tennis Association is expected to announce that Austin has been selected to host a second-round Davis Cup match in a press conference scheduled for today in the Frank Erwin Center.

The Davis Cup, an international team tennis tournament, is a single-knockout competition that boasts some of the world’s best male players.

The United States plays Spain on June 8-10. The other finalists to host the event were San Antonio and Albany, N.Y.

U.S. player Andy Roddick lives in Austin and has said in the past he’d like the city to host a Davis Cup tie, as the contests are known. Roddick sealed the Americans’ first-round victory with a singles win over Chile’s Paul Capdeville earlier this month and will headline the team’s lineup in the second round.

He will face some stiff competition — Rafael Nadal, the world’s No. 1 player, has committed to play for Spain in the second round.

There hasn’t been a Davis Cup tie in the U.S. in more than two-and-a-half years.

The Erwin Center would also host the event this summer in a series of five matches — four singles, one doubles — during the three-day period.

The host nation gets to decide what surface the tie will be played on. Roddick and most of the Americans prefer hard courts, although Nadal has found success on almost every major tennis surface. The American is second all-time on his country’s list of Davis Cup appearances at 44. Overall, the U.S. is the winningest side in Davis Cup history with 32 titles. Spain, currently ranked as the world’s best team, has four titles.

Jeff Ryan, the association’s senior director of professional operations, will be on hand to make the announcement along with Gov. Rick Perry.