U.S. to take on France in Davis Cup

April 5, 2012

LOS ANGELES — Tennis Channel will provide exclusive coverage of the U.S. Davis Cup team’s quarterfinal competition against France in Monaco, this weekend, with live and same-day, “Instant Encore” replays Friday through Sunday. John Isner, World No. 11, leads a U.S. team of tennis up-and-comer Ryan Harrison and top-ranked doubles brothers Bob and Mike Bryan against France’s World No. 6, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The French will face the Americans for the first time since its 2008 upset at the same stage in the competition.

The meeting will consist of two singles matches on Friday, April 6, at 6 a.m. ET, followed by the doubles match Saturday, April 7, at 8 a.m. Tennis Channel’s coverage concludes with the remaining singles play Sunday, April 8, at 5 a.m. Each of the five matches is worth one point, with the team that wins at least three points advancing to the semifinals to face either Spain or Austria September 14-16. Each afternoon Tennis Channel will offer an encore presentation of the day’s Davis Cup action.

Coverage from Monte Carlo Country Club in in Monacois as follows (all time ET):

Friday, April 6:

Saturday, April 7:

Sunday, April 8:

The United States and France have one of the oldest Davis Cup rivalries, first playing in 1905. The two nations have met 15 times in Davis Cup play, with the United States holding a 8-7 advantage. The most recent meeting was at the same stage of play in 2008 when the United States upset the French team 4-1 in Winston-Salem, N.C. France’s only home loss to the United States was in the 1982 final. The United States enters this weekend’s match after defeating Switzerland 5-0 in Fribourg, Switzerland. The Americans are looking to reach the semifinals for the first time since 2008. The United States leads all nations with 23 Davis Cup titles, the most recent in 2007.

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