Monday, September 6, 2010

Patrick McEnroe Resigns Davis Cup - And Elena vs Samantha

By Savannah

This is the first thing I heard when I put on the television this morning.


Longest-Tenured Captain in U.S. Davis Cup History Will Lead
Country for the Last Time at World Group Play-off in Bogota, Sept. 17-19

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., September 6, 2010 -- The USTA and Patrick McEnroe announced today that McEnroe will resign as U.S. Davis Cup captain immediately following the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Play-off against Colombia in Bogota, September 17-19. Now in his 10th year as captain, McEnroe is the longest-tenured captain in U.S. Davis Cup history. He led the U.S. to its record 32nd Davis Cup title in 2007, its first title since 1995 -- ending the longest drought in U.S. Davis Cup history. He has compiled a 16-9 record thus far; his 16 victories are second all-time in U.S. Davis Cup history behind Tom Gorman’s 18 wins.

“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”

“Patrick is the one the finest and most decorated captains in U.S. Davis Cup history,“ said Lucy S. Garvin, Chairman of the Board and President, USTA. “He leaves an indelible mark on the Davis Cup, and has always handled his captaincy with class and distinction. Patrick is and will remain a tremendous asset to U.S. tennis as he continues to lead our player development efforts.”

The U.S. will face Colombia in the World Group Play-off next week. It is the first time since 2005, and just the fifth time since the World Group was instituted in 1981, that the U.S. has had to compete in the play-off round. The U.S. is 3-1 in World Group Play-offs, having defeated Belgium on red clay in its last appearance in the World Group Play-off.

“Patrick changed the culture of Davis Cup in the United States, creating a true team environment and a sense of camaraderie that the U.S. has never before seen,” said Jim Curley, Chief Professional Tournaments Officer, USTA. “He has been a champion of the competition in every sense of the word, and elevated the stature of the event in this country.”

The World Group Play-off against Belgium in 2005 was the first of 10 consecutive U.S. Davis Cup ties that featured the lineup of Andy Roddick, James Blake and the doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan, shattering the previous U.S. record for most consecutive ties with the same lineup. The previous record was three consecutive ties by eight different combinations.

According to the report on CBS Jim Courier is very interested in the job. No one can deny that Patrick made the US Davis Cup team into a force to be reckoned with. If it is Courier he's got big shoes to fill.

The Ladies Put On A Show

Elena Dementieva had four match points yet she failed to convert them. Samantha Stosur had one and she converted it. That is the short version of what was the best women's match of the US Open so far.
If you like full court tennis, great shot making and strategy this match had it all. Surprisingly it was Stosur who kept her nerves in check at the end - she'd gone on walkabout earlier in the match - and Dementieva who fell apart. The match was settled by a tiebreaker, something that those watching really wanted to be played since both women fought so hard.
Since all the action started after midnight the fans in the nosebleed section could come down and sit courtside and I have to say it made a difference that real fans were there to cheer the combatants on. It was a well deserved win by Stosur who will face Kim Clijsters next.


vw said...

Crap. Now it's up to Zvonareva to take out Sunshine. If not her, then Venus or St Kim. Anyone will do.

Helen W said...

vw lol. My sentiments exactly. But it would be extra special if Venus did it.