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US Open qualifiers prompt Dan Cox to train with British Davis Cup captain

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: August 15, 2014

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Dan Cox is banking on a training camp in Florida with Davis Cup captain Leon Smith to prepare him for the US Open qualifiers.

The Lincolnshire tennis professional is in the middle of a tough six-day schedule which he hopes will help him break through into the first round proper at Flushing Meadows.

Cox, ranked 249 in the world, is due to fly to New York on Saturday ahead of the start of the qualifying rounds next week, writes Dave Marshall.

"It's good to get out here in similar conditions and the same time zone so I think it will help a lot," said Cox.

"I am feeling good out here and looking forward to getting there next week.

"Having had last week off to rest, I think it has allowed my body to recover from a tough summer, with the French Open and then Wimbledon tournaments.

"We fly to New York this coming Saturday and I should know my draw either on Sunday or Monday."

Cox heads into the qualifiers with confidence after reaching his first Challenger semi-final in Binghamton three weeks ago and also winning his first Challenger doubles title.

"I haven't played in New York since I was a junior. I made the third round and loved the tournament so I'm hoping that will stand me in good stead," added Cox.

Cox is in good company in Florida. As well as Leon Smith, there are a number of other British and international players currently training at the Saddlebrook resort in Tampa, Florida.

"As well as the other British guys there are a number of other players out here," said Cox.

"It is used by a lot of the professionals as a base to prepare for the rigours of the US Open.

"I'm sure it will be beneficial for me to be here with all these players along with someone like Leon Smith.

"I'm looking forward to getting to New York now, I feel in good shape and I am playing some very good tennis."

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