Jim Courier was officially announced today as the new Davis Cup captain for the USTA, taking over for Patrick McEnroe.
The 40-year-old Courier inherits a team that’s in transition and suddenly heavy on options. With Andy Roddick making himself available again for Davis Cup in 2011, for singles Courier will have to select among Roddick, John Isner, Sam Querrey and Mardy Fish, all of whom have fairly similar playing styles.
And down the road he’ll also have the challenge of mixing in promising star Ryan Harrison into an already the crowded line-up.
“I think we’re at a transitional period now where the core team who has been really representing the United States with Andy and with James and the Bryan brothers, it looks like there’s going to be some space now for some other players to come along,” Courier said. “James has suffered with some injuries and is on his way back. I hope he’ll be able to compete for the U.S. team again. At the moment, he certainly is behind a few other players in the cue.”
Courier will make his debut for the US in a captain role on the red clay in Chile next March.
“I spoke to all of the players along the way, as well, just to make sure there was no discomfort if I were to be offered the job,” Courier added. “The last thing I would want would be to be in the way of one of our players playing because they were not going to be comfortable sitting on a bench with me in competition. Thankfully that is the opposite of the case. Everyone is really excited about it. That’s heartening to me. The inspires me to hopefully do a great job.”
The former No. 1 Courier was a loyal member of the US team during his playing days, helping lead the US to two Davis Cup titles. Courier also holds the US Davis Cup record for most five-set singles victories with five and for most victories in fifth-and-decisive matches with three. Courier played in 26 singles matches, which is ninth all-time in U.S. Davis Cup history.
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