Patrick McEnroe announced via a news conference at the US Open this morning that he will be resigning from his Davis Cup captaincy. Via USTA.org:
“It is with a heavy heart that I am resigning as Davis Cup captain, but it is a decision I felt was best for the team and myself right now,” McEnroe said. “Davis Cup is a significant time commitment and this decision will allow me to focus more energy on my family and to the USTA Player Development program”
McEnroe has held the position of Captain for a decade, the longest tenure in US Davis Cup history. He says he will stay on through Team USA’s World Group playoff vs Columbia which runs from September 17 – 19, in Bogota. The team will include Mardy Fish, Sam Querrey, John Isner and Ryan Harrison. The Bryan brothers will not be there.
Patrick McEnroe led Team USA to Davis Cup victory in 2007 and holds the second winning-est record in Davis Cup captain history, two behind Tom Gorman’s record of 18 wins. During his 8 year run, Gorman led Davis Cup dream teams consisting of Andre Agassi, Michael Chang, Jim Courier, John McEnroe, and Pete Sampras to DC championships in 1990 and 1992.
The King is Dead, long live the King? Via the LATimes:
Among those immediately expressing interest in the U.S. captaincy was Jim Courier, former No. 1 player and twice winner of the Australian and French Open titles.
In a statement released by CBS Sports, where Courier serves as a tennis analyst, Courier said: “Davis Cup means the world to me, and at some point in my life I certainly hope to have that seat.”
Who do you think would be a good replacement for PMac?