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What happens when you dump 50 tons of clay into Petco Park? It’s called the Davis Cup.


Petco Park

When the Davis Cup’s first-round clash between the USA and Great Britain was announced, London-based shooter Andrew Boyers was all over the assignment. “I saw the artists’ impression of Petco Park with the temporary tennis court inside the baseball field, and I couldn’t wait to cover the event.” The USTA hauled in more than 50 tons of red clay in the left-center field of Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres. Undaunted, Andy Murray (No. 6) beat the USA, a feat not achieved since the 1935 Davis Cup. Meanwhile, the chest-bumping Bryan brothers lost in doubles. The court, which cost $750,000, made room for an additional 6,000 temporary seats. “Temporary stands tend to give you messy backgrounds, but a tennis court inside a baseball stadium is one of those times when I didn’t mind,” says Boyers. “I smiled at some USA fans who wore sweatshirts that said ‘USA v England’—and not Great Britain—as I think half of the G.B. squad were from Scotland.” Silly Americans.