Tennis

Rising tennis star Sebastian Korda will make his Davis Cup debut in Reno

Sebastian Korda, a member of the USA Davis Cup team, wraps up practice at the Reno Events Center on March 1.  The USA Davis Cup team will face Colombia on March 4-5.

Sebastian Korda will make his Davis Cup debut this week in Reno as the 21-year-old rising star kicks off the USA v Colombia qualifier at 4 p.m. Friday at the Reno Events Center.

Korda, ranked 40th, will face Colombian No. 1 Nicolas Mejia, a 22-year-old player ranked No. 265 in the ATP, in the first singles match of the day.

US No. 1 Taylor Fritz (No. 20 ATP) will next face Colombian No. 2 Alejandro Gonzalez, a 33-year-old ranked No. 453, in the second singles match on Friday.

Korda said he had known and played tennis with Mejia for a long time.

“I’ve been really good friends with Nico since I was probably around 14. We always played in the juniors, we always trained together, we always traveled together. It’s really special,” Korda said during a press conference on Thursday. “We always dreamed of playing against each other in the Davis Cup. Now we have the opportunity. It’s going to be a lot of fun.

“Some good memories together. Yeah, we’re gonna bring it. It’s gonna be a lot of fun for us.”

U.S. Davis Cup captain Mardy Fish watches the players practice at the Reno Events Center on March 1.  The USA Davis Cup team will face Colombia on March 4-5.

Team USA captain Mardy Fish said players like to show off their skills in a new place like Reno, which has never hosted the Davis Cup.

“We’re really excited to be here, to bring professional tennis here, men’s professional tennis,” said Fish, who knows the Reno-Tahoe area well, having played in the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament in Edgewood Tahoe for several years. . “We always like to go to new places and show what these guys can do. We jumped on it when we heard Reno was going to be the place. We’re thrilled.