Tickets go on sale Feb. 23 for three-day international Davis Cup quarterfinal competition in April
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - The USTA today announced that Belmont University has been selected as the host site for the 2018 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Quarterfinal between the United States and Belgium, April 6-8. The matchup between the U.S. and Belgium will be played at the Curb Event Center.
"The Davis Cup is to tennis what the World Cup is to Soccer—it's the biggest world-wide team competition in the sport," said Belmont University President Dr. Bob Fisher. "To be able to host this event at Belmont University and in Nashville is an opportunity to put our university and our city on the world stage. This quarterfinal event with Belgium, the No. 2 seed, will be one of the highlights of the tennis year. We can't wait to show Belmont's and Nashville's hospitality to the world."
Davis Cup will come to Nashville for the first time in 40 years, with a U.S. versus South Africa tie held in the city in 1978. Founded in 1900, Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is the largest annual international team competition in sport with approximately 135 nations competing each year.
The best-of-five match series between the U.S. and Belgium begins on Friday, April 6, with two singles matches featuring each country's No. 1 player against the other country's No. 2 player. Saturday's schedule features the pivotal doubles match. And the final day of play on Sunday features the two "reverse singles" matches, when the No. 1 players square off, followed by the No. 2 players meeting each other in the final match. All matches are best-of-five tiebreak sets; the first country to win three matches wins the tie. A revised schedule for Sunday may take place if a team clinches in the third or fourth match.
"The USTA is excited to bring the next U.S. Davis Cup tie to Nashville, a city with a strong passion for the sport, a region that has a vibrant tennis community, and an area with an incredibly diverse fan base," said Katrina Adams, chairman of the board and president, USTA. "We are lucky enough to have a host site in Belmont University that has been home to numerous high-profile events and will truly embrace the international spectacle that is Davis Cup tennis."
Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, Feb. 23, at 10 a.m. Three-day ticket packages for Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be sold at prices ranging from $240 to $750 ($80 to $250 per day), representing the greatest initial ticket value. Tickets may be purchased by visiting www.usta.com/daviscup.
USTA members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets in advance through a special USTA member-only presale beginning Tuesday, Feb, 20, and running through Thursday, Feb. 22 (or while supplies last).
Butch Spyridon, president and CEO of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp remarked, "The Davis Cup event gives us an opportunity to showcase Belmont and Nashville to a new audience. We are honored to have been selected and will do our best to deliver a first class experience to the players and fans, while we further enhance our event resume."
The U.S. comes to Nashville after defeating Serbia in the World Group First Round earlier this month, 3-1, in Nis, Serbia. The winner of this tie advances to the World Group Semifinal, Sept. 14-16.
U.S. Davis Cup Team Captain Jim Courier will select the team to represent the United States no later than ten days prior to the event.
The site selection is subject to final approval by the International Tennis Federation.
Tennis Channel will present live daily coverage of the World Group Quarterfinal.
The U.S. leads all nations with 32 Davis Cup titles. Overall, Team USA holds a 218-71 all-time Davis Cup record and owns the longest uninterrupted run in the World Group, dating back to 1989. For more information, including access to player and historical Davis Cup records, please go to www.usta.com/daviscup or www.daviscup.com.
The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level — from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. A not-for-profit organization with more than 715,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, one of the highest-attended annual sporting events in the world, and launched the US Open Series, linking seven summer WTA and ATP World Tour tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns approximately 90 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S. and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA's philanthropic entity, the USTA Foundation, provides grants and scholarships in addition to supporting tennis and education programs nationwide to benefit under-resourced youth through the National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) network. For more information about the USTA, go to USTA.com or follow the official accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat.
About Belmont University
Ranked No. 6 in the Regional Universities South category and named as a "Most Innovative" university by U.S. News & World Report, Belmont University consists of more than 8,000 students who come from every state and more than 25 countries. Committed to being a leader among teaching universities, Belmont brings together the best of liberal arts and professional education in a Christian community of learning and service. The University's purpose is to help students explore their passions and develop their talents to meet the world's needs. With more than 90 areas of undergraduate study, 19 master's programs and five doctoral degrees, there is no limit to the ways Belmont University can expand an individual's horizon. For more information, visit www.belmont.edu.
About Belmont University Athletics
Belmont University sponsors 17 sports in NCAA Division I and is a member institution of the Ohio Valley Conference (men's soccer, affiliate member of the Southern Conference). Belmont University Athletics, annually among the NCAA leaders in Academic Progress Rate (APR) and Graduation Success Rate (GSR), boasts 28 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans and has earned the conference academic achievement award 14 of the last 16 years. In addition to its nationally-regarded men's and women's basketball programs, Belmont University has proudly accepted the Ohio Valley Conference Institutional Sportsmanship Award and has student-athletes garner national recognition for community service and civic engagement. For more information, visit belmontbruins.com.