Andy Roddick to return to U.S. Davis Cup lineup in 2011
New U.S. Davis Cup Captain Jim Courier will be able to rely on an old hand when he takes his first team on the road to Chile next March. Veteran and Davis Cup stalwart Andy Roddick will be back in action for the USA next year.
"I'm very excited to be back on the U.S. Davis Cup team," Roddick, who sat out the nation-vs.-nation team competition in 2010 after struggling with a knee injury at the end of 2009, said in a statement released by the USTA.
"I have always said that Davis Cup is something you should commit to for the entire season and not when it is convenient. Trying to win the Davis Cup again is a top priority for me in 2011. Nothing compares to the atmosphere of playing a Davis Cup match and representing your country," Roddick said.
Roddick, who competed for nine consecutive years (2001-09), is 31-11 overall in singles, second in U.S. history in victories behind John McEnroe's record 41.
"Having Andy commit to the 2011 campaign is huge for our team," said Courier, who was named the 40th U.S. captain in October, replacing Patrick McEnroe. "Andy not only brings his outstanding Davis Cup record but also his experience and team leadership which will be invaluable to our efforts."
The USA owns a record 32 Davis Cup titles, the last coming in 2007 with a team led by Roddick. It was the USA's first title since 1995. Roddick has competed in 23 total ties (fifth all time among U.S. players) and has played in 42 total Davis Cup matches for the USA (fourth all time).
"I look forward to working with Jim next season," Roddick said. "It will be strange to be sitting next to someone other than Patrick on the bench, but I have a great deal of respect for Jim. He is a fierce competitor and I know he holds Davis Cup in the same esteem that I do. He had so many memorable Davis Cup victories, but the one that will always stick with me most is when he clinched the title for the United States in 1992 since I was in Fort Worth to see that match in person as a kid."
Now, the question for Courier is who does he take to Chile? Mardy Fish earned the clinching point in Colombia in September to keep the USA in the World Group. The rest of that team included John Isner, Sam Querrey and youngster Ryan Harrison. In doubles, Bob and Mike Bryan have been tough to beat for the USA, but they weren't on the team that went to Colombia.