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09 December 2010

Roddick commits to Davis Cup


Andy Roddick (USA)

American captain Jim Courier announced today that Andy Roddick has committed to play for USA’s Davis Cup team next season, starting with a trip to Chile in the World Group first round.

“I’m very excited to be back on the U.S. Davis Cup team,” said Roddick, who elected not to play in 2010 so that he could concentrate on his individual game.

“I have always said that Davis Cup is something you should commit to for the entire season and not when it is convenient.

“Trying to win the Davis Cup again is a top priority for me in 2011. Nothing compares to the atmosphere of playing a Davis Cup match and representing your country.”

Roddick made his Davis Cup debut in 2001 and has gone on to compile an impressive 31-11 win-loss record. He was a key player in the American team that lifted the trophy in 2007, defeating Russia 4-1 in the Final at Portland, Oregon.

"Having Andy commit to the 2011 campaign is huge for our team," said Courier, who is set to take charge of his first Davis Cup tie since succeeding Patrick McEnroe as captain.

"Andy not only brings his outstanding Davis Cup record but also his experience and team leadership which will be invaluable to our efforts.

“On a personal note I am very excited to get the opportunity to sit on the bench with Andy and help him continue to perform at his very best on the Davis Cup stage."

Courier, a four-time Grand Slam champion, enjoyed a highly successful Davis Cup career as a player and competed on the title-winning teams of 1995 and 1992.

“I look forward to working with Jim next season,” added Roddick, fresh from finishing the season ranked inside the Top 10 for the ninth straight year.

“It will be strange to be sitting next to someone other than Patrick on the bench, but I have a great deal of respect for Jim. He is a fierce competitor and I know he holds Davis Cup in the same esteem that I do.

“He had so many memorable Davis Cup victories, but the one that will always stick with me most is when he clinched the title for the United States in 1992 since I was in Ft. Worth to see that match in person as a kid.”

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