Iconic champions have graced the historic grounds of Forest Hills.
Subsequent month, Davis Cup returns to the previous dwelling of the US Open for the primary time since 1959.
The South Africa vs. Venezuela Davis Cup Group II Playoff is about for September 18-Nineteenth on the iconic West Aspect Tennis Membership in Forest Hills, Queens.
The West Aspect Tennis Membership, the enduring and historic former web site of the U.S. Open, will host Davis Cup for the primary time since 1959 when it will likely be the venue for the South Africa vs. Venezuela Davis Cup by Rakuten World Group II sequence September 18-19, 2021.
The very best-of-five match sequence will likely be performed the weekend after the conclusion of the U.S. Open on a tough court docket within the 98-year-old 13,000-seat historic horseshoe formed stadium, which hosted the finals of the U.S. Championships and U.S. Open from 1923 to 1977. The stadium final hosted Davis Cup in 1959 when Rod Laver, Roy Emerson and Neale Fraser led Australia to the Davis Cup title with a 3-2 victory over the US workforce led by Alex Olmedo, Butch Buchholz and Barry McKay.
The highest South African gamers within the ATP rankings are Kevin Anderson, the previous U.S. Open and Wimbledon finalist, who achieved a career-high rating of No. 5 however is now No. 75, No. 49 Lloyd Harris, who beat Rafael Nadal final week in Washington, D.C., and former Australian Open and Wimbledon doubles finalist Raven Klaasen, who’s ranked No. 23 in doubles. Venezuela is led by No. 585-ranked Ricardo Rodriguez, the all-time main Davis Cup participant for his nation.
“We couldn’t be extra excited to carry world class tennis again to the West Aspect Tennis Membership, one of the historic venues in American sports activities,” stated West Aspect Tennis Membership President Monika Jain. “Whereas Forest Hills is most synonymous as the previous dwelling of the U.S. Open, the West Aspect Tennis Membership has additionally hosted many Davis Cup matches, Wightman Cup matches in addition to the Match of Champions males’s occasion for a few years. We’re thrilled so as to add one other chapter of our illustrious tennis historical past with this South Africa versus Venezuela sequence.”
Following settlement between the 2 nationwide associations, South Africa would be the dwelling nation and Venezuela the visiting nation for this World Group II tie on impartial floor. It is going to mark the primary time that Davis Cup will likely be performed within the New York Metropolis space because the 1981 USA vs. Czechoslovakia Davis Cup quarterfinal on the USTA Nationwide Tennis Middle in Flushing Meadows that includes John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl.
“It’s been 40 years since Davis Cup was final performed within the New York space and 62 years because it was performed at Forest Hills, so that is an occasion that New York sports activities followers shouldn’t miss,” stated Jason Weir Smith, new West Aspect Tennis Membership director of tennis from South Africa, who was the driving drive behind securing this Davis Cup sequence. “We invite everybody to return to the West Aspect Tennis Membership to soak up the fantastic thing about our membership, watch one of the thrilling types of aggressive tennis and be a part of this very particular occasion. We wish this to be a begin to bringing an increasing number of world class tennis occasions to Forest Hills for years to return.”
Tickets for the occasion may be discovered at ForestHillsProTennis.com. Particular VIP hospitality, sponsorship, field seat and “Converse Straightforward” packages can be found by emailing Weir-Smith at Jason@thewestsidetennisclub.com.
The primary day of play will function two best-of-three-set singles matches beginning at 11 am and the second day, additionally beginning at 11 am, that includes the reverse two best-of-three-set singles matches and a best-of-three-set doubles match. The winner will stay within the Davis Cup Group II for the 2022 Davis Cup marketing campaign, two ranges under the Davis Cup World Group that determines the Davis Cup champion within the Davis Cup World Finals in Madrid.
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