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28 October 2010

Courier takes over as USA captain


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Jim Courier (USA)

Jim Courier has been named America’s new Davis Cup captain, the USTA announced on Wednesday.

Courier, a former world No. 1 and four-time Grand Slam champion, succeeds Patrick McEnroe, who brought to an end his 10-year tenure at the helm in September.

Courier has signed a multi-year contract and will make his debut as captain in March when USA travels to Chile for the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group first round.

“Jim will continue to bring class and character to the role of US Davis Cup Captain along with an outstanding pedigree in Davis Cup competition,” said Lucy Garvin, USTA President.

“We will see that same fighting spirit every time the US competes and a new generation of US Davis Cup players will have an opportunity to become better competitors under his leadership.”

Courier was a formidable player for USA and lifted the trophy on two occasions, in 1992 against Switzerland and 1995 against Russia. During a Davis Cup career spanning eight years, he played 14 ties and compiled a 17-10 record.

The Florida native also holds the American records for most five-set singles wins, five, and most decisive fifth rubber victories, three.

“We had several strong candidates who were interested in becoming US Davis Cup captain, all of whom would have been very capable in the role,” said Jim Curley, USTA Chief Professional Tournaments Officer.

“In the end, Jim’s Davis Cup experience and wealth of knowledge as a former Grand Slam champion stood out. He is the ideal candidate to replace Patrick, the longest-tenured captain in US Davis Cup history.”

McEnroe, who ended a 12-year drought for USA by bringing home the title in 2007, created a strong team spirit among his players, something that Courier is keen to continue.

“I’d really like to emulate what he’s done so far as the team fellowship he built over the last decade. He brought that team atmosphere to the United States that wasn’t there during my era,” said Courier.

“My general philosophy is to be straight forward with them [the players], be honest with them, and to be there to help them not only during Davis Cup but throughout the year if they are looking for any advice.”

Courier becomes the 40th captain for USA since Davis Cup began in 1900.

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