Davis Cup To Delray?

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The city of Delray Beach will consider hosting the Davis Cup at the Delray Beach Tennis Stadium.

In order for the Davis Cup to come to Delray, the United States must advance far enough and the city must be selected as the host.

The United States is scheduled to take on Croatia in the semi-finals from Sept. 14-16 in Split, Croatia.

The Davis Cup will take place from Nov. 23-25.

City Manager Mark Lauzier compared hosting the tennis tournament to hosting the FIFA World Cup.

“We are in very stiff competition,” he said.

Even if it is a long shot, commissioners gave the OK to look into submitting an application.

The host city would be responsible for about $100,000 worth of in-kind services as well as a $400,000 payment, Lauzier said.

Commissioners approved spending $100,000 only if the city is selected as the host. Lauzier said other groups like the Palm Beach County Sports Commission would likely help with funding if the city is selected.

“It’s international recognition,” Commissioner Adam Frankel said. “I am in favor of going forward.”

Delray has previously hosted both Davis Cup and Fed Cup matches.