United States of America, have not done too well in the Davis Cup off late, being bundled out of the opening round by Britain in the last two tournaments, something which United States captain Jim Courier has admitted is a problem , stating that he is 'tired' of losing in the first round. The Davis Cup resumes next week with Jack Sock and John Isner taking on Australia's Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios in the first round at the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club in Melbourne, Australia.
"I'm tired of losing in the first round. The whole team is tired of that," Courier said as quoted by Reuters.
"But we know in coming here if we're playing anything less than our best we'll be out of this thing in the first round again."
"I don't feel any more or less pressure. I certainly have expectations on how I want our team to perform but I'm also someone who's been through these battles enough to know that you can do the best you can and leave it on the court."
The United States hold a record 32 Davis Cup titles, while Australia currently have 28 , but it is the hosts who go in as favourites, captained by recent retiree Lleyton Hewitt while boasting of two-young talents in Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios.
The tie which takes place between 4-6 March, brings injury concerns for the Australians, with Kyrgios suffering from a back injury, however Hewitt expects both to be fit and ready to play as the Aussies look to go one better than the semi-final position they achieved last year.