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Patrick McEnroe Named U.S. Davis Cup Captain for 2007-2008

May 25, 2008 01:28 PM

McEnroe to Lead 2007 Campaign that Begins February 9-11 against the Czech Republic

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – The USTA today announced that Patrick McEnroe will continue as United States Davis Cup Captain through 2008. During his tenure as captain, McEnroe has compiled a 9-6 record, leading the team to the Davis Cup Finals in 2004, and two semifinal appearances in 2002 and last month against Russia. McEnroe has consistently fielded the top American players on the U.S. Davis Cup squads.

“We are thrilled that Patrick McEnroe will continue as U.S. Davis Cup Captain for the next two years,” said Franklin Johnson, USTA Chairman of the Board and President. “He brings a variety of talents to the Davis Cup both on and off the court.”

“Over the last few years, Patrick McEnroe has reignited our Davis Cup effort, and has built the steady support of our top players during his time as Captain,” said Arlen Kantarian, Chief Executive, Pro Tennis, USTA. “With Patrick at the helm, our remaining goal is clear – to return the Davis Cup to the United States.”

“I would like to thank the USTA for their continued support as we try to accomplish what will be a very challenging and exciting task,” said McEnroe. “We cannot reach our ultimate goal without the support of our top players, all of whom have shown that Davis Cup is a major priority for them.”

The 2007 U.S. Davis Cup campaign will begin February 9-11 in the Czech Republic.

McEnroe, 40, is the 38th U.S. Davis Cup Captain since the competition began in 1900. He debuted as the U.S. Davis Cup Captain in 2001, succeeding his brother, John. As a player, McEnroe competed for the United States in Davis Cup in 1993, 1994 and 1996, posting a 3-1 record in doubles. A 1988 graduate of Stanford University, McEnroe also serves as a TV commentator for CBS Sports and ESPN. He also coached the U.S. Olympic men’s tennis team in Athens in 2004. In addition to his Davis Cup duties, McEnroe will serve in an advisory capacity to the USTA Player Development Program.

AIG is the official sponsor of the U.S. Davis Cup Team. Wilson is the official ball of the U.S. Davis Cup Team.

The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level - - from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. It owns and operates the US Open, the highest attended annual sporting event in the world, and launched the US Open Series linking 10 summer tournaments to the US Open. A not-for-profit organization with 690,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. In addition, it owns the 94 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S., and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Transcript from Patrick McEnroe Media Conference Call

 

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