Nikolay Davydenko will lead the Russian team which also includes world number 19 Mikhail Youzhny, Igor Andreev (33) and Dmitry Tursunov (34) for the three-day tie that starts on Nov. 30 in Portland, Oregon.
“There’s no point in drafting Marat to play the Americans. He only began training again this week after an extended break,” Tarpishchev told Reuters.
“But you can always change a player even just before the draw, so there’s is still a small chance that he would be in the team if someone’s injured or is not in top form. Marat might go to Portland anyway. He could be our secret weapon there.”
“It’s true they have the best doubles team (twin brothers Bob and Mike Bryan) but I don’t think their singles players Andy Roddick and James Blake are any better than any of our guys,” he said.
Andy Roddick, James Blake and the top-ranked doubles pairing of Bob and Mike Bryan are expected to play for the United States.