Frances Tiafoe out of US Davis Cup squad after running at US Open

NEW YORK (AP) — US Open semifinalist Frances Tiafoe has withdrawn from the United States squad that will play Davis Cup group stage matches next week in Glasgow, in Scotland.

The American Tennis Association announced Tiafoe’s withdrawal on Saturday.

Tiafoe, a 24-year-old from Maryland ranked 22nd at Flushing Meadows, became the first American to advance to the US Open semifinals since Andy Roddick was the tournament’s runner-up in 2006.

Roddick was the last man in the country to win a Grand Slam tournament when he lifted the trophy in New York three years prior.

Tiafoe’s run ended in a five-set loss to No. 3 seed Carlos Alcaraz, a 19-year-old Spaniard. Alcaraz will meet No. 7 seed Casper Ruud of Norway in Sunday’s final, with the winner claiming his maiden Grand Slam title and moving up to No. 1 in the ATP rankings for the first time.

Captivating the crowds at Arthur Ashe Stadium with his superb play and unbridled enthusiasm, Tiafoe reached the second major quarter-final of his career by knocking out Rafael Nadal in the fourth round in New York – ending the 22 match unbeaten streak of the 22 times Slam champion in major tournaments. .

Tiafoe followed that up by beating No. 9 seed Andrey Rublev to advance to the semifinals.

“Obviously throughout my career I was pretty sporadic (to) play well, (then) veered off course for a while,” Tiafoe said. “I have always supported myself against the best players in the world. I do it on a regular basis, starting to beat guys easier. Ready for the next step.”

The USTA said Tiafoe would not be replaced on the Davis Cup roster for the Americans, who begin by facing Great Britain on Wednesday. The other American players are Taylor Fritz, Tommy Paul, Jack Sock and Rajeev Ram.

US Davis Cup captain Mardy Fish will miss the trip to Scotland because he contracted COVID-19, and Bob Bryan will replace acting captain. Bryan was a member of the USA team that won the Davis Cup in 2007.

The British squad is expected to include three-time major champion Andy Murray and Dan Evans, ranked 23rd this week.

Davis Cup group stage matches will also take place in Bologna, Italy; Valencia, Spain; and Hamburg, Germany, Tuesday through September 18.

The top two teams from each group will advance to the Davis Cup Finals in Malaga, Spain, November 22-27.

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