Davis Cup Honolulu

Davis Cup Qualifier. March 6-7, 2020

Team USA defeats Uzbekistan 4-0, returns to the 2020 Davis Cup Finals in Madrid


Day 1. Two Singles Matches. Neal S. Blaisdell Arena

Reilly Opelka -38- (USA) def Denis Istomin -156- (UZB) 6-2 7-5

Taylor Fritz -24- (USA) def Sanjar Fayziev -498- (UZB) 6-1 6-2


Day 2. Doubles and Singles Dead Rubber

Bryan Brothers (USA) def Sanjar Fayziev / Denis Istomin (UZB) 6-3 6-4

Tommy Paul -57- (USA) def Denis Istomin -156- (UZB) 6-3 6-0

World Class Tennis back in Honolulu

For the first time since 1992, Davis Cup Tennis returned to Hawaii March 6-7 at Honolulu’s Neal S. Blaisdell Arena. With Novel Coronavirus spreading globally, the weekend Qualifier between the United States and Uzbekistan was one of the final tennis events played before the worldwide shutdown of sporting events and public gatherings. The day after Team USA’s victory, to prevent the virus’ spread, Indian Wells cancelled the BNP Paribas Open. The Miami Open and events over the next six weeks soon followed.

Since its inception in 1900, Davis Cup has become the world’s largest annual international team competition in sport. Over 130 nations compete every year. Davis Cup embodies the Olympic-style excitement of “nation vs nation” competition, exuding an electric atmosphere unrivaled in the game. For avid fans and tennis newcomers, Davis Cup weekends are entertaining “must-experience” events for the entire family.

With the Qualifying Tie decided, both teams chose to play one “Dead” Singles match to conclude the weekend. In under an hour, Tommy Paul dispatched Denis Istomin to score victory in his Davis Cup debut. A dominant and affirming win for the 22-year-old – who, a week prior, earned his first career top-10 triumph over Alexander Zverev in Acapulco.

U.S. Davis Cup Team remains undefeated in Hawaii. In pursuit of its 33rd Davis Cup title

28-years-ago, Team USA made its Hawaiian debut at the Mauna Lani Racquet Club on the Big Island. That year — behind Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Rick Leach and John McEnroe — the Americans defeated Argentina 5-0. They went on to eliminate Czechoslovakia, Sweden, and Switzerland to capture the Team’s 30th Davis Cup title. After another overwhelming win on the Islands, Team USA remains undefeated in Hawaii. And this November — without Bob and Mike — the new generation will make another run at the Finals in Madrid, pursuing Team USA’s 33rd Davis Cup title.

With victories over the weekend, other Qualifiers who advanced to the 2020 Davis Cup Finals include: Australia, Austria, Columbia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Kazakhstan, and Sweden.

Team USA. Announcer Andy Taylor


Taylor Fritz / World #24

  • 22-yo. Made Davis Cup debut in the 2019 Finals
  • Earned an epic win over World #8 Matteo Berrettini in last year’s Group Stage
  • Here with a career high ranking of World #24
  • Reached 5th career Final last week in Acapulco

Reilly Opelka / World #38

  • 22-yo. Made Davis Cup debut in the 2019 Finals
  • Went 0-2 against Canada and Italy in last year’s Group Stage
  • Won his 2nd ATP Singles title 2-weeks ago in Delray Beach
  • Defeated both Raonic and Nishioka on same day to win the Delray title
  • Career-high ranking of World #31

Tommy Paul / World #57

  • 22-yo. Davis Cup debut
  • Here with a career-high ranking of World #57
  • Started season with SF-run in Adelaide as a Qualifier
  • Won first two Grand Slam main-draw matches at Australian Open
  • Earned first top-10 win last week in Acapulco, defeating World #7 Alexander Zverev

Mike Bryan / World #27 (Doubles)

  • 41-yo. Final Davis Cup appearance
  • 2007 Davis Cup Champion
  • 124 career Doubles titles
  • 18 Grand Slam Doubles titles
  • Owns the career Grand Slam
  • Olympic Gold and Bronze Medalist
  • Career-high ranking of World #1

Bob Bryan / World #27 (Doubles)

  • 41-yo. Final Davis Cup appearance
  • 2007 Davis Cup Champion
  • 119 career Doubles titles
  • 16 Grand Slam Doubles titles
  • Owns the career Grand Slam
  • Olympic Gold and Bronze Medalist
  • Career-high ranking of World #1

Mardy Fish / Captain

  • Team captain since 2019
  • Career-high ranking of World #7
  • Olympic Silver Medalist
  • 3-time Grand Slam Quarterfinalist

Andy Taylor Announcer Team Uzbekistan


Denis Istomin / World #156

  • 33-yo. 16-year Davis Cup veteran
  • Has played more Davis Cup Ties than any other player in Uzbekistan’s history
  • Career-high rank of World #33
  • Owns 2 ATP Tour Singles titles | 5-time Finalist
  • Owns 12 ATP Challenger Tour Singles titles
  • Just played in his 20th ATP Challenger Tour Final last week at the Oracle Pro Series event in Columbus, Ohio

Khumoyun Sultanov / World #305

  • 21-yo. 3rd Davis Cup appearance
  • Reached career-high ranking of World #299 last month, after reaching his 3th ITF Futures Final
  • Owns 1 ITF Futures Singles title and 3 ITF Futures Doubles titles
  • Reached back-to-back Challenger Semifinals last Summer in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan

Sanjar Fayziev / World #474

  • 25-yo. Member of Uzbekistan Davis Cup Team since 2014
  • Won his first ATP Tour match (and first Davis Cup Singles match) back in September, in his Singles victory vs. Lebanon in the Group I Quarterfinals – helping Uzbekistan earn a spot in this weekend’s Qualifier vs. Team USA
  • Career-high ranking of World #253

Olimjon Nabiev / World #1264

  • 17-yo. Davis Cup debut
  • Last July, at just 16-years-old, won his first career main-draw match victory on the Challenger Tour at home in Fergana, Uzbekistan
  • Career-high ranking of World #604

Farrukh Dustov / Captain

  • Team captain since 2018
  • Career-high rank of World #98
  • Owns 5 ATP Challenger Singles titles
  • Member of the Uzbeksitan Davis Cup Team from 2005 to 2017
  • Lifted Uzbekistan to the World Group Playoffs 5-times