Courier still won't pick Sampras for Davis Cup

09-06-2002, 12:53 PM
Does a vintage Pete Sampras performance against young gun Andy Roddick for a stunning 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 quarterfinal victory put Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe in a quandary?

Prior to this Open, Sampras has been on the down swing since he reached the final here last year. But this Grand Slam, Sampras has more than managed to pull it all together again, most especially when he toyed with Roddick, the so-called successor to his mighty throne. When the match ended, Sampras and Roddick embraced as the younger American acknowledged that Sampras is still a formidable superstar presence.

A 13-time Grand Slam champion -- he owns four U.S. Open titles -- Sampras had only won one set against Roddick in three meetings and that set came in an exhibition this July at the Moody Coliseum in Dallas that benefited the Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation.

Now that Sampras has beaten Roddick, does that give him the right to expect a singles slot for the upcoming Davis Cup semifinal against France on clay at Roland Garros? Can McEnroe tell Sampras that despite his sensational showing here at the Open, the terre battue is not his surface and it would be less risky to go with Roddick and James Blake for singles?

Sampras weighed in on the Davis Cup issue prior to orchestrating his sensational win over Roddick, his best match since beating Andre Agassi in the quarterfinals here last year.

"Well, Pat has to put out the best team," Sampras said. "If he wants to put James in, I have no problem with that. For me to go over and play doubles, I don't know. I mean, it's not really my first choice. But I committed to the year. I don't think we're really worried about that now. We'll just see how this week goes."

Chatting after the match on USA network, John McEnroe mentioned Sampras playing singles in the Davis Cup semifinal to Jim Courier, the U.S. Davis Cup coach, and got an interesting response.

"Pete on the clay, I wouldn't count on him being in the tie," Courier said. "(Picking the team) that's your brother's job, I'm just the coach."

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09-06-2002, 04:14 PM
It sounds like PattyMac might be coming to his senses. Say it ain't so! :D

09-06-2002, 05:41 PM
so it's sure that Pete will come to Paris for Davis Cup?or is just a possibility?

09-06-2002, 09:22 PM
Jimbo is just bitching cuz' Andy kicked him out of bed last night.

:D :D :D

the cat
09-06-2002, 11:24 PM
TC, what Courier said was fine, :) You wait and see, Sampras won't go to Paris. Roddick and Blake will and should play the singles. Pete doesn't sound like he wants to go just to play doubles. But if Roddick's foot injury prevents him from playing, then Pete might just end up having to go to Paris.

And no matter what team the U.S. plays in the Davis Cup final, it will be played on clay. And Pete Sampras is not looking forward to play best of five set matches on clay against younger players. Everyone knows a clay court is the tennis Superman's Cryptonite! :eek:

09-07-2002, 01:46 AM
I know Roddick got further in the tournament, but I would be putting Blake in over him at the for Pete, I don't even know how he is playing at the moment other than the fact that he's through to the Semis. I think this next match will decide his Davis Cup fate. Schalken is a tougher opponent than his ranking suggests

09-07-2002, 10:56 PM
Blake has got to be in. anything else is pure injustice.

the cat
09-08-2002, 12:43 AM
If Pete doesn't go, Blake should play the second singles. But if Pete goes, it will be to play singles.

09-08-2002, 12:52 AM
is Pete wins tomorrow, Jim will definitely pick him for Davis Cup. GO PETE! USA needs you baby! ;)

09-08-2002, 06:04 AM
It's not Courier's job to pick the DC team. He's just the "coach" which means he's more there for the players to talk to, to give them advice if needed (his description of what he does).

Courier is so wrapped up in the "new balls" players and has pretty well written Pete off since he hasn't won a tourney in two years. Guess he's forgotten that Pete won DC final single handed in '95 and that it was on clay in Russia.

Grosjean, Clement, Santoro and Llodra are France's DC players which was named this week. I'm assuming Grojean and Clement are the singles and Santoro and Llodra will play doubles since they are usually the doubles team.

Pete is 3-0 against Grosjean. They've only played him one time on clay which was in the World Team Cup last year. He's never played Clement.

Blake is 1-0 against Clement. That match was at Cincinnati. He's 0-1 against Grosjean losing to him at RG this year.

Andy has never played Grosjean and he is 0-1 against Clement, losing to him in the World Team Cup this year.

I think McEnroe will go with Andy since he's the DC team lead player and with experience by picking Pete. Especially if Pete ends up winning the USO. If Pete wins he will be on a high and he has already committed to DC for the year. What better player could you ask for than one who just made it to the USO finals against all odds and one who wants to win one for his country in DC on his least favorite surface?

Tennis Fool
09-08-2002, 06:24 AM

You're an escapee from message board...

09-08-2002, 04:25 PM
Nah...used to be a "regular" who posted on there almost 3 years ago but left and went elsewhere when it got so bad. Still post there on occasion.

So do you post there or just read? I don't remember seeing the name "tennis fool" on there. That doesn't mean anything since I usually just skim through the topics and don't pay too much attention to the names.

09-08-2002, 06:03 PM
Lmao @ dots!

09-10-2002, 07:15 PM
Tuesday, 10 September, 2002, 17:42 GMT 18:42 UK

Pete Sampras will not be part of the US team that takes on France in the Davis Cup semi-finals later this month. US captain Patrick McEnroe named Andy Roddick, James Blake, Todd Martin and Mardy Fish as his squad for Paris on Tuesday.

And the absence of newly-crowned US Open champion Sampras and runner-up Andre Agassi came as no surprise to McEnroe.

"I had a very good discussion last night with Pete," he said. "He's exhausted, sky high.

"He needs time to digest what happened and see what he wants to do - if he wants to play the rest of the season or not play again.

"I want the guys who want to be there, who bring hot energy to the table.

"He needs to rest. I'm not gonna put guys up against the wall. Pete deserves to digest it all."

McEnroe also spoke with Agassi's agent, although the 32-year-old has long said he will not return to Davis Cup action.

"Andre said all along he was not playing. I wasn't surprised he declined."

France captain Guy Forget named his squad on Monday, and left Nicolas Escude among the substitutes.

Escude was the hero when France pulled off a shock win in Australia to take the title last December. But this season he has been hampered by an abdominal injury which forced him to miss the US Open, and he joins Paul-Henri Mathieu as a reserve.

Sebastien Grosjean and Arnaud Clement will be the first-choice singles players, with Fabrice Santoro and Mickael Llodra as his doubles pair.

bbc online

09-10-2002, 07:19 PM
:D Hahaha.

09-10-2002, 07:53 PM
I heard Sampras and Agassi didn't want to be on the team, because they were "too tired".:o