Many of us are probably getting used to seeing baseball venues transformed into hockey arenas, ever since the NHL started the Winter Classic, but here's an interesting mix. Petco Field, San Diego's home of the Padres, is set to host tennis.
Here are two shots:
San Diego Padres (@Padres) January 28, 2014
Court is ready. We're ready. Who's coming to be our home field advantage? pic.twitter.com/NhWBegfinB— US Davis Cup Team (@USDavisCupTeam) January 27, 2014
As can be seen in the second shot, the tennis stadium is built in the center-field area using the seating under the Petco scoreboard. It's a good look, actually.
The action will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Jan. 31-Feb 2), pitting the United States against Great Britain in Round 1 of World Group action of the Davis Cup.
USA will play host to Great Britain in a rematch of the first-ever Davis Cup tie, which took place at the Longwood Cricket Club in Boston back in 1900.
Not only do the Americans lead the all-time head-to-head 11-7, but they have also won the last four meetings between the two nations. One has to go all the way back to 1935 for the last British victory over USA.
Times have changed since then, however, and British No. 1 Andy Murray, who won all three points for Team GB in its World Group play-off against Croatia last September, will be favourite to win both his singles rubbers.
USA has contested the World Group every year since 1989 and will be looking to maintain that record. One way of guaranteeing their place in the top tier in 2015 is to defeat Great Britain.
OK, so I know nothing about tennis. Who cares? Go USA.