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McEnroe gets 2-year extension as U.S. Davis Cup captain

October 2, 2006

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) -- Patrick McEnroe received a two-year contract extension Monday to stay on as captain of the U.S. Davis Cup team, charged with ending the country's longest title drought since the competition began in 1900.

If McEnroe does remain in the job through 2008, he would tie Tom Gorman (1986-93) for the longest tenure as U.S. captain.

"I have to say that being the Davis Cup captain has been the biggest honor in my career and it continues to be that," McEnroe said. "There's nothing like walking out on the court, representing U.S. tennis and the USTA."

In McEnroe's six Davis Cups in charge, the best showing by the United States was losing in the 2004 final. McEnroe also twice took the team to the semifinals, in 2002 and this year -- the United States lost to Russia last month.

Since the Davis Cup began in 1900, the United States has won 31 titles, but the country's last championship came in 1995.

"With Patrick at the helm, our remaining goal is clear: to return the Davis Cup to the United States," said Arlen Kantarian, U.S. Tennis Association chief executive for pro tennis.

It's just you don't want to have a lot of expectations, because when you start to have a lot of expectations you just end up losing in the third round to God knows who. ~Marat Safin, summarizing his career

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Who else would want this job now? I think Patrick is doing the best he can with the talent he has to work with.
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Re: McEnroe gets 2-year extension

And the rest of the world breathes a sigh of relief
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I guess it's not really his fault but it's just funny how he keeps getting extensions even though he hasn't won anything.

It's just you don't want to have a lot of expectations, because when you start to have a lot of expectations you just end up losing in the third round to God knows who. ~Marat Safin, summarizing his career

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Who else would do any better? It's not like a captain can just magically teach his players how to play on clay.

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I always wonder if he's too passive or if he's emotional enough to rally the players behind him. I'm convinced that Johnny Mac would do a much better job but that's just me.
It's just surprising that he is holding on to the job after failing to produce results year after year.

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I always wonder if he's too passive or if he's emotional enough to rally the players behind him. I'm convinced that Johnny Mac would do a much better job but that's just me.
It's just surprising that he is holding on to the job after failing to produce results year after year.
I don't think emotions are the problem at all. Those guys pump each other up and are a real team. The wins mean more to them than their singles wins, and so do their losses. Johnny Mac wouldn't be able to teach them to play on clay any more than his little brother can. He's holding onto his job, most likely, because an objective look at it shows that he's probably doing as well as anyone in his position would do

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If PMAC was coaching any other sport in the US, he would have been gone along time ago, but since its only tennis and no one in the US gives a shit he gets a pass which is good news for everyone else. Theres nothing like watching PMAC in tears on the bench.
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This is an interesting issue, because the attitude for most American sports is if you don't show results within the first few years, you're going to get *hitcanned. It happens to coaches in all the major sports, often very unfairly.

Davis Cup captain is a strange coaching position. You're typically only working with the guys a few weeks a year, and the players almost always have different coaches on a regular basis.

It's very tough to judge results. As stated, the US is going to struggle on clay against a lot of countries. Would someone else do a better job with this problem than PMac? I doubt it.

In most cases, I think the coaches' performance is more on how he relates to the players, and this doesn't necessarily have much to do with the results.
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In most cases, I think the coaches' performance is more on how he relates to the players, and this doesn't necessarily have much to do with the results.
Yeah and in this case it especially doesn't, IMO. By all accounts (including what I myself have witnessed), they all get along with PMac great. I mean, I couldn't care less about PMac and whether he coaches the US Team, I just don't see what the point is in saying he should be fired without presenting someone else who'd be better. I don't think Johnny Mac would do any better.

Courier might, and I remember reading that he'd be interested.

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PMac has failed to win the DC but he has not made any obvious blunders. Losing to France, Spain and Russia away is not a surprise, as Deb said he cannot teach his players how to play on clay. The two situations where his coaching capabilities might come under scrutiny are not selecting Vince in the final against Spain and the loss against Croatia.

Vince was indeed better than Mardy, but there are two issues here: First, did his omission change the result? No, Vince would still lose against Moya. Second, would his selection change the team dynamics? That appears a risk, given Vince's eccentricity, the way Vince handled the issue back in the day was less than discrete, to put it mildly. The loss against Croatia is more controversial in my opinion, given Agassi's presence in the team it appeared that the choice of surface favoured the Croats more than the Americans. I think that PMac did underestimate the dangers of the tie, but it was not a blunder big enough to call for his head.

Given the current US team, he has made a good job of keeping a high cohesion and having his top players available. They are not likely to win in 2007, since even if they survive the Czechs in the first round Argentina will likely face them away in the semis, but they may win in a year where they avoid the great clay powers in away ties.

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I always wonder if he's too passive or if he's emotional enough to rally the players behind him. I'm convinced that Johnny Mac would do a much better job but that's just me.
It's just surprising that he is holding on to the job after failing to produce results year after year.
Don't forget that John McEnroe was once the US Davis Cup captain. The team's results under him were not great either and he walked away from the post mid-year. As others stated I don't see what PMac could have done differently this year. He fielded the nation's top 2 singles players and the world's top doubles team. The semi-final match in Russia came very close to going to the 5th rubber so I hardly see PMac's efforts this year as a failure.
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