September 6, 2010 by staff
Patrick Mcenroe, Patrick McEnroe is stepping down as U.S. Davis Cup captain after the Americans play Colombia in September 1917 to 19 in Bogotá to focus on his family and the development of tennis players in the United States.
“It is with great sadness that I will resign as Davis Cup captain, but it is a decision I felt was best for the team and myself right now,” said McEnroe. “Davis Cup is a significant time commitment and this decision allow me to focus more energy on my family and for the program of USTA Player Development”
Now in its tenth year as captain, McEnroe is the captain more time in the history of the U.S. Davis Cup. Led the U.S. his record 32 Davis Cup title in 2007, his first title since 1995 – to end the longest drought in the history of the U.S. Davis Cup. He has a 16-9 record so far; his 16 victories are second all-time in the history of the U.S. Davis Cup Tom Gorman after 18 wins.
“Patrick is the best and most decorated captain in the U.S. Davis Cup history,” said Lucy S. Garvin, Chairman of the Board and President of the USED TO. “He leaves an indelible mark on the Davis Cup, and his captaincy has always handled with class and distinction. Patrick is and will remain a great asset to the U.S. courts while continuing to lead our player development efforts.”
U.S. will face Colombia in the World Group Play-off next week. It is the first time since 2005, and only the fifth time since the World Group was created in 1981, the U.S. has had to compete in the round of play-off. U.S. is 3-1 in the World Group Play-offs, having defeated Belgium in red clay in his last appearance in the World Group Play-off.
“Patrick changed the culture of the Davis Cup in the United States, creating a real team atmosphere and a sense of camaraderie that the U.S. never seen before,” said Jim Curley, Chief Professional Officer Tournaments, and USED TO. “It’s been a champion of competition in every sense of the word, and elevated the stature of the events in this country.”
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