(l. to r.) Jim Curley, Chief Professional Tournaments Officer & US Open Tournament Director; Lucy S. Garvin, Chairman of the Board and President; U.S. Davis Cup Captain Jim Courier and Gordon Smith, Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer at a press conference announcing Jim Courier becoming the 40th U.S. Davis Cup captain.
The USTA announced that Jim Courier has been named U.S. Davis Cup captain. Courier signed a multi-year agreement and succeeds Patrick McEnroe, who ended his 10-year tenure as U.S. Davis Cup captain in September.
Courier will make his debut as captain when the United States faces Chile in March during at the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group First Round. Courier, a four-time Grand Slam champion and former world No. 1, was a member of Davis Cup title-winning teams in 1992 and 1995 and compiled a 17-10 career record in Davis Cup competition.
"Jim will continue to bring class and character to the role of U.S. Davis Cup captain along with an outstanding pedigree in Davis Cup competition," said Lucy S. Garvin, Chairman of the Board and President, USTA. "We will see that same fighting spirit every time the U.S. competes, and a new generation of U.S. Davis Cup players will have an opportunity to become better competitors under his leadership.
"We had several strong candidates who were interested in becoming U.S. Davis Cup captain, all of whom would have been very capable in the role," said Jim Curley, Chief Professional Tournaments Officer, USTA. "In the end, Jim’s Davis Cup experience and wealth of knowledge as a former Grand Slam champion stood out. He is the ideal candidate to replace Patrick, the longest-tenured captain in U.S. Davis Cup history."
In addition to helping lead the U.S. to two Davis Cup titles, including in 1992 when Courier clinched the title against Switzerland, the U.S. Davis Cup team was 13-1 when Courier competed for the team. He holds the U.S. Davis Cup record for most five-set singles victories with five and for most victories in fifth-and-decisive matches with three. Courier played in 26 singles matches, which is ninth all-time in U.S. Davis Cup history. Courier coached the U.S. Davis Cup team for five ties from 2001-03 under McEnroe.
Founded in 1900, the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is the world’s largest annual international men’s team competition with 125 nations competing this year. The U.S. leads all nations with 32 Davis Cup titles.
Wilson is the official ball of the U.S. Davis Cup team.