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U.S. will need patience in Davis Cup final
Stephen Wade / Associated Press
SEVILLE, Spain - Andy Roddick is known for his explosive play. He'll need patience, too, in the Davis Cup final against Spain.
Playing on red clay in front of a record crowd, Roddick may need to turn down his power when the best-of-five series starts Friday at the Olympic Stadium.
"We're not going to be able to just hit through these guys in a five-set match," said American captain Patrick McEnroe, who is trying to lead the United States to its first Davis title since 1995. "We're going to have to do some of that, but we're going to have to play smart."
Roddick, Mardy Fish and doubles partners Mike and Bob Bryan are underdogs. They would be the favorites any place but Spain - and on any other surface.
"We know the Spanish are very tough at home," McEnroe said. "But I think if we can win here it will make it all the sweeter in probably the toughest place to play away from home."
Roddick has a 12-0 career record against all members of the Spanish team - Carlos Moya, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Tommy Robredo and Rafael Nadal. But only one of those wins came on clay. Fish is 4-1 against the Spaniards.
Playing in their third final in five years, the Spaniards are relying on the crowd, the clay and a balanced lineup. Spain has won the Davis Cup only once - in Barcelona four years ago. The United States has a record 31 Davis Cup titles, but hadn't reached the final since 1997.
Spain picked the southern city of Seville for the final because the sea-level venue reduces the Americans' power. The temporary clay-court setup has been configured to hold 26,600 fans.
"It will be a very humbling experience to play in front of that many people," Roddick said Tuesday. "Having said I need patience, I will still have to play my game and do what I do well. I have to stick to my weapons, which is hitting big shots."
Moya and Ferrero are former No. 1-ranked players and French Open champions. No. 5-ranked Moya is sure to play singles. Ferrero is in doubt, however, after a season that has included chickenpox, broken ribs and wrist problems. He is currently nursing a blister on his right thumb.
Jordi Arrese, one of the three Spanish captains, won't announce his lineup until Thursday's draw. Robredo is ranked No. 13 and is coming off a strong season. Ferrero is ranked No. 31, and 18-year-old Nadal is No. 51.
"They (Americans) are not going to change their style of play," Arrese said. "We have to make them run for a few more balls, make the rallies longer. One thing is for sure, playing on clay is their handicap. They don't have great results on clay and they're not as good away from home."
Asked how much he would bet on a Spanish win, Arrese replied: "I would bet anything on us winning - except my wife."
The Americans are counting on Roddick and the Bryan twins, who are 4-0 in Davis Cup play since joining the team just over a year ago. A victory for Fish would be a bonus, and probably seal an American victory.
"We've all got pretty good records against the Spaniards and hopefully we can carry that over," Fish said. "But it's tough to look a lot at records. You kind of throw everything out in the Davis Cup."
Spain has spent about US$1 million (?755,000) to install the clay court inside its 60,000-seat Olympic Stadium, which hosted the world track and field championships in 1999. The stadium has a roof, but the sides will be open, giving it an outdoor feel.
Each day's attendance is expected to break the record for a "sanctioned" tennis match.
The existing mark was set in 1954 in Sydney, Australia, when 25,578 watched the United States defeat Australia in the Davis final.
Several exhibition tennis matches have drawn bigger crowds. The 1973 match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs in the Houston Astrodome drew 30,472.
"I've only played a couple of times before 23,000 fans, and that was in the U.S. Open," Ferrero said. "A crowd that size you really notice. You go out trying to play like always, but with size of the crowd - and this time a home crowd - it can make you nervous."
Bob Bryan said the crowd might even help the Americans.
"It's the biggest crowd any of us will ever play in front of," he said. "It will make the match that much more special and pump everyone up that much more."
US powered by twin engines
We could think Andy Roddick would be the key factor for U.S. success in the Davis Cup, but in this team event, it's the doubles that count -- a rule of thumb Spain has taken to heart. In preparation for their face-off versus the Americans, Spain's focus is on US doubles Mike and Bob Bryan.
"For me, the doubles will be the most difficult rubber," Spain coach Juan Avendaño said.
"On paper they [the Bryan bothers] are more experienced as a duo," he said.
The Bryans won all three of their 2004 Davis Cup doubles matches without losing a set. Spain's Rafael Nadal and Tommy Robredo, in contrast, could only muster one win in three 2004 ties.
The Bryans have certainly been a blessing for U.S. captain Patrick McEnroe. The twins practically guarantee the USA a point in Davis Cup play, a vital competition for the Americans and one that has left them in shambles since 1995, when the USA last lifted the Cup.
That year, Pete Sampras and Todd Martin beat Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Andrei Olhovskiy for the go-ahead point in a tight 3-2 doubles victory.
Since 1995, however, American doubles teams have been 7-13 -- until, of course, the Bryans came aboard.
One year ago the brothers saved the US from being relegated, bringing in a point in a crucial rubber against Slovakia.
High-spirited and "excited" to be in the US mix, the Bryans have had their brown eyes on the prize since the age of six, when they won first tournament they entered, a 10-and-under event in Westlake, California.
"We've been together 24-seven all our lives. We can basically read each other's mind," says Mike.
"Doubles is communication, and after thousands of matches together we communicate better than most teams. We are never going to give up on each other. He's not going to dump me, and I'm not going to dump him. Sometimes we go back to the room and box it out, too. That spices it up a little bit."
Bob says: "This feels great to have a day dedicated to you and doubles. Doubles doesn't get the spotlight. We're on TV maybe five times a year, and ESPN is a huge stage. We want to get out there and show some excitement."
It is difficult to remember an American entry with greater team spirit.
Although the Yankees are a long way from guzzling champagne from the historic Cup on December 5, at least this year they're finally true contenders.
Rain in Spain Doesn't Dampen Spirits
It may have been raining outside in Seville today but it didn't dampen the mood of either the Spanish or American teams, as they appeared before the world's press.
The local media are already out in force, and Spanish newspaper Marca carried a hefty six pages on the tie - and it's only Tuesday. The visiting media are also starting to arrive, and all talk excitedly of a clash that will be big on atmosphere and tension.
Pre-draw press conferences, especially before a final, can often be nervy affairs, but both sets of players were relaxed and talkative. The Spanish do not appear to be unduly burdened by expectation ahead of this massive event, and say they are looking forward to playing in front of so many fans. Indeed, with 26,600 expected to pack into the Estadio Olimpico, it promises to be the biggest crowd ever to watch a sanctioned tennis match.
Carlos Moya in particular has reason to look forward to this final. He has been World No. 1 and won a Grand Slam title (1998 Roland Garros), but has never won a Davis Cup title. In 2000, when Spain won its only previous Davis Cup crown, Moya was suffering from a debilitating back injury, and wasn’t able to play.
Then last year in Melbourne in the final against Australia, he recorded a fantastic win against Mark Philippousssis in the second rubber. It looked as if he would play a decisive fifth rubber against Lleyton Hewitt, but Philippoussis managed to pull off a five-set win over Juan Carlos Ferrero to seal the Cup for Australia.
"After I won the Grand Slam and was No. 1, it [the Davis Cup] is the one that is missing," he said. "It would be a great feeling for me to win at home, and hopefully it's going to be this year."
The other members of the team all have strong motivation to perform well here. For Juan Carlos Ferrero, this year's final provides an opportunity to lay to rest the demons of last year's final, when he lost two five-set rubbers, to Lleyton Hewitt and Mark Philippoussis. Ferrero has also had a disappointing 2004, beset by injury and loss of form and confidence, but a Davis Cup title would go a long way towards salvaging something from a poor year.
Rafael Nadal and Tommy Robredo meanwhile are the rising stars of the Spanish camp, and have done well in singles and doubles in 2004, their first full year of Davis Cup action. Looking at them alongside their two more experienced colleagues, Moya and Ferrero, as they faced the press today one wouldn't have guessed that this is their first Davis Cup Final.
And should anything untoward happen to any of the nominated four players, Spain has Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco to call on. These two talented youngsters are here practising with the team, underlining the team spirit within the Spanish as a group of players, and also the strength in depth that they have at their disposal.
In the face of such an array of strength both on court and off it, one could forgive the Americans for feeling a little overawed or at least uneasy, but that certainly doesn't look to be the case. All the players said today they were looking forward to playing in front of such a big crowd, an experience Andy Roddick said would be 'humbling'.
And when it comes to team spirit, the visitors are not lacking in that area either. Much has been made of the idea that Roddick must win both his singles rubbers for the Amnericans to win the Cup, but neither Captain Patrick McEnroe, nor Roddick himself, buys that theory.
"I don't think about it in terms of what I have to do," says Roddick. "The team has to win three matches, and if I'm part of that then great, but if the team wins and I lose both my matches I'll still be happy."
While Spain have Lopez and Verdasco to call on in an emergency, USA have Vince Spadea. After his open letter to McEnroe stating his case for inclusion in the squad, Spadea has been invited here as a practice partner and possible substitute for Mardy Fish in the second singles spot. Although McEnroe still says he is leaning toward playing Fish, there is no doubt that the Americans see Spadea as part of their team, even if he isn't nominated, as they made sure he sat with them at the press conference today and got a piece of the photo opportunities.
The doubles selection for McEnroe is more straightforward than his second singles spot, with the Bryan brothers - fresh off their successful Tennis Masters Cup defence and undefeated in Davis Cup - certain to be named.
"From when we came on tour in 1998 our biggest goal was to make the Davis Cup team," said Bob today, "so we were so pleased when Patrick called us up this year.
"This is going to be the biggest match of our lives."
And that statement could equally apply to the six other players who will take to the court this weekend.
Ferrero counting on clay to hold back Roddick
Tue 30 November, 2004 12:13
MADRID, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Juan Carlos Ferrero hopes slow clay courts will help Spain's Davis Cup players claim a first victory over world number two Andy Roddick when they meet the United States in the final in Seville this week.
"He has always beaten us, but on fast surfaces. Now we will be on clay, which is our surface," said Ferrero, who along with his three team mates has never beaten the hard-serving American.
"He is a complicated player for us. I have only played him once, and I lost, in the 2003 final of the U.S. Open," Ferrero said in an interview with sports daily Marca.
Roddick has played 12 matches in total against Ferrero, Carlos Moya, Rafael Nadal and Tommy Robredo, and won them all. He holds a 3-0 record against Moya, like Ferrero a former world number one.
The low altitude of Seville, where the final is being held from Friday to Sunday, combined with the slow court, may help to dull Roddick's lethal serve -- the fastest in the world.
Ferrero, the only player from either team to have lifted the trophy before, said he was well rested after more than a month away from the circuit. Spain won the Davis Cup in 2000.
He took a break after a humbling defeat to Peru's Luis Horna in his first match of the October Madrid Masters tournament, which he blamed partly on a change of racquet.
"I was mentally tired and needed a rest," the 24-year-old said. "I have worked a lot on my resistance so I can last through five-set matches...I feel a lot better with my new racquet."
Magill: Current Davis Cup team has familiar feel
The city of Seville in southwestern Spain is the bull-fighting capital of the world and equally famous for its flamenco dancing. However, this Friday, Saturday and Sunday it will be the site of the United States-Spain Davis Cup finals that will be watched by millions of fans on ESPN.
It is of special interest to the many Athenians who well remember four key members of the American cast: Captain Patrick McEnroe, who represented Stanford in four NCAA tournaments in Athens (1985-88); Andy Roddick, the singles ace of the US team who often visited Athens to watch his older brother John star for Georgia in 1995-98; and the Bryan twins, Bob and Mike, who led Stanford to the NCAA Triple Crown in 1998 and are now the world's doubles champions.
I'd love to be in Seville myself, and actually received an invitation Monday morning to be the guest of Randy Walker, Georgia tennis letterman in 1988-89, who now is media director of the United States Tennis Association.
Randy, a native of New Canaan, Conn., was recommended to me by Bob Troup, a Georgia classmate and Marine Corps buddy. Randy graduated with a journalism degree and was sports editor of The Red and Black during his college days here.
In his phone conversation, Randy described the extensive preparations the Spanish have made:
"They have built a red clay tennis court in the end zone of the city's soccer stadium which seats 70,000. There will be temporary bleachers on the sides of the court that will seat 26,000. All seats have been sold and the largest crowd ever to witness a sanctioned tennis match will be on hand. The TV contract requires that there be a roof over the court in order for the match to be played on time, rain or shine. And, the Spanish have spent $1 million erecting a roof. They also built two practice courts at the other end zone of the stadium."
Randy said he's been so busy he hasn't had time to get a haircut. I told him he ought to find Figaro, the most famous hair dresser in the world, featured in the opera "The Barber of Seville."
The United States would be favored to win if the match were played on any surface other than slow red clay. The Spanish are led by two of the greatest clay court players of recent years, Carlos Moya and Juan Carlos Ferrero, both former No. 1 players and former French Open champions on clay. They also have perhaps the world's best young doubles player in Rafael Nadal.
The Bryans, who have won the French Open doubles in 2003 and recently captured the ATP world doubles title for the second straight year, will be favored to win the doubles point. But Roddick and Mardy Fish (incidentally, a good friend of former Georgia player Bo Hodge) will be the underdogs against Moya and Ferrero in the four singles matches on clay.
So, it's going to be tough for the U.S. to get the necessary three points.
Although the U.S. has won more Davis Cup titles than any other country (31 to runner-up Australia's 29), it has been nine long years since its name was engraved on the sterling silver cup former Harvard NCAA champion Dwight Davis donated 104 years ago.
Incidentally, former collegians have played a part in all U.S. Davis Cup matches, either as a player or captain, or both.
The last time the U.S. won the Davis Cup was in 1995 on indoor clay courts in Moscow. The U.S. defeated Russia 3-2. Todd Martin (Northwestern) and Pete Sampras won the doubles and the captain was Tom Gullickson (Southern Illinois-Edwardsville). Both Martin and Gullikson played in the NCAAs in Athens.
Randy, I certainly appreciate your invitation to be with you in Seville, but I'm behind schedule in writing a history of intercollegiate tennis in the U.S., to be published early next year (hopefully).
However, I'll certainly be watching the play on TV and listening to Cliff Drysdale (who broadcast the 1984 NCAA finals in Athens) and Mal Washington (Michigan), who won the ITA All-America singles in Athens in the fall of 1988.
SPAIN OUT FOR US REVENGE
Spain co-captains Juan Avendano and Jordi Arrese have stoked the fires ahead of this weekend's Davis Cup final by vowing to take revenge on the USA.
Avendano and Arrese still have bitter memories of Spain's quarter-final defeat in Houston in 2002, a match in which the hosts were accused of a lack of sportsmanship.
"They treated us very badly there and the Americans' way of acting was not what we were expecting," Avendano said.
Arrese added: "I have been in the Davis Cup for 20 years as a player and now as captain and I have never been treated as badly as we were treated in Houston.
"They acted as if they thought they were the kings of the world, the people at the club were awful towards us and the US team did nothing to stop it.
"We didn't even have showers in our dressing rooms, while they had jacuzzis. We even had trouble finding somewhere to go to the toilet."
Avendano believes Spain - who will be represented by Carlos Moya, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Tommy Robredo and Rafael Nadal - should win on the red clay in Seville but acknowledges the visitors have some quality players.
"Our team have to be favourites, we are first in the world rankings," said Avendano.
"But if we lose to them, it would not be a failure. We are up against the world number two and one of the best doubles pairs in the game."
The world number two in question is big-serving Andy Roddick, who Avendano reckons will play a big role alongside Mardy Fish and doubles brothers Bob and Mike Bryan.
"In theory Roddick should win his two matches and their doubles are better than ours," he said.
Roddick charity weekend set for Dec. 11-12
By Dunn Neugebauer
Special to The Palm Beach Post
Sunday, November 28, 2004
The Andy Roddick Foundation has no paid employees, doesn't have an office and ventured into a tough, competitive South Florida market when it came into existence four years ago.
That hasn't stopped it from being successful, and evidence of that will be on display Dec. 11-12 at the Andy Roddick Charity Weekend at The Polo Club in Boca Raton.
"I think we raised about $35,000 the first year," Blanche Roddick said, the Foundation's executive chairman and Andy's mother. "This year we're looking to clear anywhere from $600,000 to $700,000."
The two-day event has been sold out since early summer. Celebrities scheduled to participate in the Dec. 12 pro-celebrity tennis exhibition include Roddick, John McEnroe, Chris Evert, Anna Kournikova,
Aaron Krickstein, Brad Gilbert and Florida Marlins player Jeff Conine.
The 2005 event already has promises from rock star Elton John and tennis great Andre Agassi.
"We haven't found a venue for that one yet; it may be in Austin," Blanche Roddick said.
The event this year will include a semi-formal dinner/dance Dec. 11 before the tennis begins Dec. 12 with the Andy Roddick Kid's Zone. Besides tennis exhibitions, there will be music, sumo wrestling, rock climbing, raffles, a "bounce house," and other activities from the Bobby Curtis Tennis on the Move traveling tennis carnival, which is sponsored by the Foundation.
Curtis, a force in local and national tennis, was inducted into the USA Tennis Florida Hall of Fame in 1994.
Last year, the tennis took place at Florida Atlantic, but after easily selling out the 250-seat banquet, Blanche Roddick and her committee found a match with Polo Club tennis director Jean Mills and her facility.
"They've opened out their arms to us," Roddick said.
Mills, also a member of the USA Tennis Florida Hall of Fame, ran the National Girl's 10-and-under event earlier this year.
Proceeds from the event will continue to benefit children's charities in the area in which Andy grew up. Roddick, ranked No. 2 in the world, will be a member of the U.S. Davis Cup team competing in the finals Dec. 3-5 against host country Spain in Seville.
For more information about the Andy Roddick Charity Weekend, go to www.arfoundation.org or call (561) 392-2652.
McEnroe Selects Spadea To Davis Cup Squad
By Richard Pagliaro
Vince Spadea stated his case for a place on the United States Davis Cup team in a letter to U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe last week and now McEnroe has responded to Spadea's request. The U.S. Davis Cup captain announced today Spadea has been selected to the fifth spot on the American squad that will face host Spain in the Davis Cup final set for December 3rd-5th on the red clay of Seville.
McEnroe, who told Tennis Week in an interview last Thursday he was leaning toward picking 61st-ranked Robby Ginepri for the fifth position, offered Spadea the spot in a voicemail left on Spadea's answering machine. The 19th-ranked Spadea answered the call and could be called upon again to play singles in Spain. McEnroe said Spadea has a shot to earn the second singles spot with a strong week of practice.
"As I spoke with you last week, I spoke to Vince a couple of times and spoke to Ginepri to see where he was and at the end of the day I decided that having Vince there was the option to go with," said McEnroe, in a conference call from Houston where he is working as ESPN's tennis analyst for the Tennis Masters Cup. "I had a good couple of long conversations with him and got him on the page that I feel he needs to be on to come over there and play well."
The decision completes yet another tennis transformation for the strong-willed Spadea: in the space of a single week Spadea has gone from Davis Cup outcast to a potential primary player on the team who could win the second singles spot and potentially play one or two matches.
Spadea said he was eager to accept a position on the team after McEnroe assured him he would be more than a practice partner.
"He assured me that I would be going as a fifth player,a member of the team and not a practice partner (there will be two juniors as practice partners)," Spadea told Tennis Week today. "He said that he still plans on starting Mardy (Fish), but that if something should occur before the first match (injury, etc.) I need to be ready to play. The prospect of having any chance to play Davis Cup and be part of the U.S. team is exciting for me. Thus, I've accepted Pat's offer and I look forward to going to Spain to represent my country."
While McEnroe said he is still leaning toward playing 37th-ranked Mardy Fish as the second singles starter, he made it clear Spadea will have a shot to earn that spot.
"I'll tell you exactly what I told Vince," McEnroe told Tennis Week. "I'm leaning toward Mardy playing, but that's not a lock. I told Vince to come over there with the idea that he can play. And last year in Slovakia I was leaning toward James Blake playing the singles match and Mardy ended up playing. That will be my decision that will be the decision that will come the day or two before the match. As I said, Mardy has the experience so I would lean toward him, but Vince is coming over, in my mind, as a guy who could potentially play."
The decision may well have surprised Spadea himself. In an email interview with Tennis Week on Tuesday, Spadea said he had not spoken to McEnroe since the captain voiced his views on the selection process in an interview with Tennis Week, though he acknowledged McEnroe had left him a voice mail.
It marks Spadea's second appearance on the U.S. Davis Cup team. Four years ago, U.S. captain John McEnroe selected Spadea to the team after both Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras pulled out only a few weeks before the tie was set to start citing injuries. Spadea played one match, falling in three sets to Juan Carlos Ferrero in Spain's 5-0 semifinal sweep of the United States on the red clay of Santander, Spain.
Asked how the the four members of the team who led the U.S. to a quarterfinal conquest of Sweden and a semifinal sweep of Belarus — second-ranked Andy Roddick, Fish and twins Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan — responded to Spadea's selection, McEnroe said the entire team supported the decision. Team leader Roddick requested Spadea's phone number to welcome him to the squad.
"They feel very, very good about it," McEnroe said. "I had a couple of very good conversations with the guys. Andy is extremely excited about it. In fact the first thing he said to me was: 'Can you get me Vince's number? I want to call him and tell him how excited we are to have him come.' So that to me sums up Andy Roddick and he's sort of taking on a leadership role on the team and reaching out to Vince. If he's called him or not, I don't know because obviously he's pretty busy down here."
Initially bypassed for a place on the team, Spadea wrote McEnroe a letter stating his case for inclusion on the Davis Cup squad. Spadea told Tennis Week he believed he had earned a spot on the squad based on his higher ranking (Spadea is ranked 19th, Fish is ranked 38th), greater number of victories (Spadea has won 40 matches, Fish has 28 wins) and his superior clay-court results.
One of McEnroe's close friends — his ESPN broadcast partner Cliff Drysdale — believes neither Fish nor Spadea will win a match against Spain, but still thinks the United States could upset the heavily-favored Spanish squad led by former French Open champions Carlos Moya and Juan Carlos Ferrero.
"I don't expect Mardy Fish to be able to win either one of his second matches or indeed Vince if he gets to play," Drysdale said. "The way to win it is simple. Roddick has to win both of his singles matches and the Bryan brothers have got to win the doubles. All of those things are within reach. Ferrero has not had a good year. I think my money would definitely be on Roddick to beat him. Against Moya, it's more problematic. But I would make that a 50-50 call between the two, not withstanding that it's on clay. I don't care about Spain because Roddick has been there before with the audience against him. So to me, that's not a factor. This guy is hugely single-minded and focused when he plays, regardless of where he plays."
The 30-year-old Spadea was a member of the U.S. Olympic team that included Roddick, silver medallist Fish and the Bryan brothers. McEnroe captained that team and is confident Spadea will be ready for his Davis Cup role.
The pair may never be pen-pals, but McEnroe is pleased they are now on the same page.
"Vince came to the Olympics with us, we're looking forward to having him," McEnroe said. "He was very positive to me when we spoke. He said, 'I'm in the gym and I'm getting myself ready. Whatever you need me there to do — be ready to play or be a practice guy — (I'll do). So I was extremely happy with his attitude after the sort of thing we went through last week. To me, that's completely behind us. I'm very happy to have him here as part of the team and with the attitude he has. That's all important and that counts toward what we're trying to do."
McEnroe named Davis Cup Captain for two more years
USTA NAMES PATRICK MCENROE U.S. DAVIS CUP CAPTAIN THROUGH 2006
The USTA today announced that Patrick McEnroe will continue as U.S. Davis Cup Captain through 2006. McEnroe leads the U.S. Davis Cup team as it faces Spain in the 2004 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Final December 3-5 in Seville, Spain. Representing the U.S. against Spain will be Andy Roddick, Mardy Fish and Bob and Mike Bryan.
"Patrick McEnroe has done a terrific job over the past four years as our Davis Cup Captain, and we are fortunate to have such a capable and dynamic Captain going forward," said Franklin Johnson, President-Elect, USTA. "Patrick's keen understanding of the game and his dedication to creating a team environment have played a key role in the U.S. returning to the Davis Cup Final for the first time since 1997."
"Patrick has re-ignited our Davis Cup effort in the U.S.," said Arlen Kantarian, Chief Executive, Pro Tennis, USTA. "Patrick's unique style as a leader - and as a person - has attracted and connected with a special group of young American players. We're thrilled to have him continue as Captain."
McEnroe, 38, 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, and has posted a 7-3 record as Captain entering the 2004 Davis Cup Final. 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 earlier this year. In addition to his Davis Cup duties, McEnroe will serve in an advisory capacity to the USA Tennis High Performance Program.