The United States Davis Cup Team Captain Jim Courier says his team is ready to kick off their 2018 campaign as they look forward to clashing against Serbia this week. The Serbian team — which will be weakened by the absences of 12-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic and rising Filip Krajinovic — is set to host the United States on the clay of Nis from 2-4 February.

However, Courier — who has nominated Sam Querrey, John Isner, Ryan Harrison, and Steve Johnson for the tie — insists that his team simply can’t take the weakened hosts for granted. Serbian Team Captain Nenad Zimonjic nominated Dusan Lajovic, Laslo Djere, Nikola Milojevic, Pedja Krstin, and Miljan Zekic for the tie.

“We are ready to go. The guys are excited about what our team has to offer. We have a team that has a lot of versatility. We have some guys who are really confident and comfortable on clay — and will need to be because playing in an away tie…the environment, the crowd — it can be challenging and you have to be ready mentally to deal with a lot of ups and downs — so that will be something we will be focused on — being mentally strong,” Courier told Davis Cup.

Courier also said that he is a fan of the new rule which allows a country to pick five players for one tie but he felt there was no need, in this case, to travel to Serbia with five players as he is happy with what the four picked players can offer.

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