Courier to counter Nadal's routines at Cup
July 13, 2012
U.S. Davis Cup captain Jim Courier tells TENNIS.com that when the United States travels to Spain for their Davis Cup semifinal in September, he will not concede to Rafael Nadal's compulsive on-court routines when it affects American players. One of Nadal’s habits is that he will not get off his chair until his opponent does so.
"I’ve never see anyone do that to him. He is always the last off the bench,” Courier said at Stanford's Bank of the West Classic, where he defeated Michael Chang in an exhibition. "I have nothing but respect for Rafa; I love the way he plays, I love the way handles his business, but if I'm coaching against him. I’m not letting my player get up until he gets up. It’s as simple as that. He’s got to know that this is not his court, it’s our court. Those are tactics.”—Matt Cronin