It looks like world number one Rafael Nadal will not be joining his racquet-wielding Spanish cohorts in Austin in a couple of weeks. The 2011 Davis Cup World Group Quarterfinal between the United States and Spain will take place as scheduled at the Frank Erwin Center July 8-10, but will not feature Nadal, Spanish newspaper Marca reports.
The news is a bummer for spectators, but should prove advantageous for the American squad. U.S. Davis Cup stalwart (and Austinite) Andy Roddick will anchor a team that features
up-and-comer John Isner the #9 ranked player in the world, Mardy Fish and doubles specialists Bob and Mike Bryan. This is the first home tie for new captain (and former Davis Cup champion) Jim Courier.