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.