Courier named as USA’s Davis Cup skipper

Washington: Jim Courier was on Wednesday named as the new captain of the USA`s Davis Cup team, the American tennis federation (USTA) announced.

Courier, who helped the USA to two Davis Cup titles as a player in 1992 and 1995, replaces 2007-winning captain Patrick McEnroe, who stood down in September after a record ten year tenure in the post.

Courier told the USTA`s official website: "It?s something that I certainly aspired to. I definitely thought that being the captain would be something that I?d enjoy, and now I get to see if I will."

The two-time Australian Open and French Open champion`s appointment was warmly received by among others Andy Roddick and Andre Agassi.

Roddick tweeted: "Jim Courier new Davis Cup captain.... great choice!"

Agassi, in a statement, said: "My deepest congratulations to Jim Courier and the USTA for the inspired choice of making Jim our Davis Cup captain.

"Jim has the experience, integrity and focus needed to bring the US Davis Cup to new heights. I know first hand that a man with Jim`s credentials as a warrior and a champion will bring out the best in our players and our fans."

Courier, who has already acted as McEnroe`s assistant in the competition, will make his debut as US captain in the first round world group rubber against Chile on March 4-6 next year.

The 40-year-old former world number one was part of a 1990s golden age of US tennis with Pete Sampras and Agassi.

Bureau Report