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  • John Isner, Sam Querrey will lead U.S. Davis Cup team in World Group playoff Sept. 12-14

    Stephanie Myles at Busted Racquet6 hrs ago

    NEW YORK – The U.S. Open is only a fortnight, but Davis Cup is on a never-ending loop, which is part of the challenge in trying to make it relevant and get the tennis world to focus on it.

    As soon as some of the world's top players wrap up their run in New York, they have to quickly turn around and prepare to represent their country whether it's in a World Group semi-final, or in a playoff tie to ensure they're in the World Group for 2015.

    The U.S. will meet Slovakia at the Sears Center Arena in Chicago. The conditions will be rather different than the ones they've encounted this week in New York. They will play indoors.

    The Americans are in this position because they were beaten by Andy Murray and Great Britain, back in February at Petco Park in San Diego. So they must win this relegation tie to remain among the top 16 tennis nations in the world.

    John Isner and Sam Querrey will be the singles players for the Americans. Neither had a U.S. Open to write home about. Then again, few Americans did. The Bryan brothers, as usual, make up the other half of the four-man squad and are a virtual lock to take the doubles point.

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