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Alabama to host Davis Cup

1/4/2009 - Tennis

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- The city of Birmingham, Ala., will host the 2009 first-round Davis Cup matches between the United States and Roger Federer-led Switzerland on March 6-8.

The Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex Arena is expected to seat more than 17,000 for the best-of-five series. It's the first time a Davis Cup match will be played in Alabama.

Federer, the 13-time Grand Slam singles champion, has said he will play in the first round for the first time since 2004.