Doubles world No. 4 Rajeev Ram says he "couldn't be more excited" about his Davis Cup debut. Ram, who finished runner-up with Great Britain's Joe Salisbury at the ATP Finals, is set to make his Davis Cup debut at the age of 37.
"To get to be here in Turin is cool because we are going to have spectators. But it's still going to be a bubble for us as players, which we haven't had for some time. It's going to be tough,” Ram said, per TENNIS magazine.
“But that's the way it is. Regardless, couldn't be more excited to play on the team”. American team captain Mardy Fish also nominated John Isner, Reilly Opelka, Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock. "We've got a great squad, to be honest.
I think we have one of the best serving teams, I'm not going to say of all time, but of the group currently that's playing Davis Cup,” Ram said. “I feel like that's a big advantage for us”.
The United States will be battling Italy and Colombia in the group stage.
"That's suitable for everyone on our team," he said. I feel like we have fairly strong doubles and guys in singles that on their day can beat anyone on the day. I am pretty excited for our first matches, against Italy”.
Ram's partner Salisbury is also set for a Davis Cup debut and he is disappointed he won't be playing in front of fans. Great Britain will play their group stage matches in Innsbruck and Austria is in a lockdown.
"Obviously it's a shame, especially it will be my first Davis Cup experience. Yeah, it won't be the same as normal,” Salisbury said. “That's obviously one of the great things about Davis Cup, is you get an amazing atmosphere.
So, it's disappointing that's going to be the case, but obviously, hopefully, we can get through the group stages and get to Madrid, and there will be a crowd there”.