Courier Wants More Options At Davis Cup

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The US captain Jim Courier is very pleased, having to fly over to Uzbekistan in Tashkent and hope the younger players didn’t play too nervous.

The 22-year-old Jack Sock won both matches and sealing them up to best Uzbekistan 3-1 in the Davis Cup.

Two others, Steve Johnson and Sam Querrey, won in the doubles. Next year, the former No. 1 Courier thinks that team could go far.

The US has the most successful nation in Davis Cup history, winning 32 titles, but they haven’t won since 2007. In 2013, they reached the semifinal against Spain, but fell 3-1, with the American John Isner lost both his singles and Querrey losing his singles. Only the great doubles Bob and Mike won. That is the only time that Courier has gotten deep as his captain. Maybe Sock and Johnson can help them around.

“One of the challenges here was bringing a team with very little experience, but one of the great things is we come out of this tie is now these guys have had a taste of Davis Cup,” Courier said. “We have more options at our disposal I think that is important for the US team. We need to have as many options for surfaces as we will face. I think we are at a better spot at the end of this year than probably we were at the end of last year.”

Currently ranked No. 29, Sock was hoping to reach the second week at the US Open. But he cramped in the first week and had to retire. He was clearly upset, but now he is hopeful again. Perhaps Courier will bring in Sock all year in 2016.

“To get two wins and play solid matches for me gives me a lot of confidence, especially after New York and have to pull out and retire there,” said Sock. “It was a low point and that was my favorite tournament of the year. It’s tough to go out that way. This will give me a lot of confidence the rest of the year.”

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