Sampras Joins U.S. Davis Cup Squad
Jan. 29, 2002
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Pete Sampras and Andy Roddick were placed on the U.S. Davis Cup team Tuesday for a first-round match next week against Slovakia.
Todd Martin, Mardy Fish and James Blake were also named by the U.S. Tennis Association, although only four players may be on the team.
U.S. captain Patrick McEnroe will have to settle on four players by Feb. 7, the day before the three-day event begins.
The USTA planned to formally announce the team during an afternoon conference call.
Sampras, winner of a record 13 Grand Slam singles titles, will be playing in his 15th Davis Cup series but his first since April 2000 when the United States beat the Czech Republic 3-2 in a second-round match. He is 14-7 in Davis Cup singles and 4-1 in doubles.
The 19-year-old Roddick played in two Davis Cup series last year. He won two singles matches against India in a preliminary round in October, and won a singles match in February when the United States lost to Switzerland 3-2 in the first round.
Blake won both his matches against India at No. 2 singles. Martin has been in 16 Davis Cup series and has played every year since 1994, but has lost seven straight matches in Cup play.
Sampras and Roddick are expected to play singles, with the doubles team coming from among the other three players.
The best-of-five series begins Feb. 8 at the Myriad Convention Center. Two singles matches will be played that day, with a doubles match Feb. 9 and two more singles matches Feb. 10.
The winner plays the Spain-Morocco winner in early April.