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Jacksonville to host a Round 1 match in the U.S. Davis Cup
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville has been selected by the United States Tennis Association to host the first round matches of USA vs. Brazil in the U.S. Davis Cup by BNP Paribas.

Matches will be played Feb. 1-3, 2013 at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.

"Hosting the Davis Cup competition represents a great opportunity for our city to receive the global attention it deserves," Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown said in a release.

"The word is getting out," Brown said. "Jacksonville is a premier city for major sporting events. Our selection emerged from a highly-competitive process and it goes to show that we have the staff, facilities and experience to create a marquee experience to delight the thousands of fans headed our way."

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On Friday, each country's No. 1 player will go against the other country's No. 2 player in a singles "best-of-five match series," according to the release.

Saturday will feature a doubles match and Sunday will be a reverse of Friday's singles matches, where the No. 1 players from one team go against No. 2 players from the other team. These matches will also be a "best-of-five match series."

"There is nothing like playing Davis Cup in your home country and Jacksonville will be a great venue when we host Brazil next year," U.S. Davis Cup Captain Jim Courier said in a release.

Courier led the United States to the semifinals this year in his second season as U.S. Davis Cup Captain, according to the release. 

"We were very happy to draw a home match," Courier  said. "This could be a great opportunity for players like John (Isner), Sam (Querrey) and Ryan (Harrison) to experience a home court advantage for the first time in their Davis Cup careers."

This is the first match with U.S. tie since the 2011 quarterfinals in Austin, Texas, according to the release.

Tickets will go on sale in December. For more information, call the Davis Cup hotline at (888) 484-8782 or visit www.usta.com/daviscup.

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