Roddick, Blake, Bryan bros to play in Davis Cup

Updated: April 1, 2006, 8:59 PM ET
Associated Press

Andy Roddick, James Blake and twins Bob and Mike Bryan were chosen Tuesday by captain Patrick McEnroe to play for the United States against Chile in the Davis Cup quarterfinals next month.

It's the same quartet that beat Romania 4-1 in the first round in February. Roddick is No. 4 in the ATP Tour rankings, while Blake is No. 9.

The best-of-five series will be played April 7-9 on grass courts at Rancho Mirage, Calif.

McEnroe did not rule out having Andre Agassi return to the team if it reaches the semifinals, which would be against France or Russia in September.

"I had a couple of discussions with him late last year, early this year," McEnroe said. "Any time he says he's interested, I'm interested. I'd be crazy not to be. He's Andre Agassi."

The United States has won the Davis Cup 31 times, but not since 1995.

Chile, which has never won the title and is in the quarterfinals for the first time since 1982, will be represented by 19th-ranked Fernando Gonzalez and No. 43 Nicolas Massu in singles, with Paul Capdeville and Adrian Garcia also on the team.

Chile defeated 2005 runner-up Slovakia in the first round.

"It could be a very tough tie, or we could get up 3-zip," McEnroe said. "We know how well they can play, particularly when they play for their country."

Massu won the singles gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics, and teamed with Gonzalez to win the doubles gold -- beating the Bryan brothers en route. Gonzalez also went home with the bronze in singles.


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