February 2, 1992 |
John McEnroe and Rick Leach awoke from a first-set stupor yesterday to dominate Argentina's Javier Frana and Christian Miniussi, 6-7 (0-7), 6-2, 6-2, 6-1, and send the United States into the Davis Cup quarterfinals. The doubles victory gave the Americans an insurmountable 3-0 lead in the best-of-five competition. The U.S. team's next opponent will be Czechoslovakia, which eliminated Belgium in another first-round clash. "(Davis Cup) is what it's all about," McEnroe said. "It's great to do it on a team.
January 31, 1992 |
Pete Sampras was speaking by telephone from California. His voice was strong and friendly. He asked how everybody was. He said he was feeling healthy. He said he was eager to play some tennis. Then he heard the words Davis Cup, and he stopped talking. Just for a minute, though. Sampras, who had to pull out of this month's Australian Open with a sore shoulder, will begin his 1992 season today when he plays singles for the United States in the first round of this year's Davis Cup against Argentina in Hawaii.
September 11, 1991 |
Jim Courier, the French Open champion and a singles finalist at the U.S. Open, headed the list of four players named yesterday to the U.S. Davis Cup team, which will compete against Germany in a semifinal match later this month. Also named to the team by the U.S. Tennis Association were Andre Agassi, Scott Davis and David Pate. The selection of Davis and Pate, doubles finalists at the Open and champions of the Australian Open, was a surprise. The team of Rick Leach and Jim Pugh was 6-0 in Davis Cup play, but U.S. captain Tom Gorman said the pair had been struggling lately, including its elimination in the second round of the U.S. Open.
July 23, 1989 |
Ken Flach and Robert Seguso are no longer undefeated in Davis Cup doubles play. And because they aren't, the U.S. hopes of advancing to its first Davis Cup final since 1984 went from almost a sure thing to almost an impossibility. The United States fell behind West Germany, 2-1, yesterday in a best-of- five semifinal series that seemed safely in hand only a day earlier. First, in a match that started Friday with four sets completed - a match that he had led two sets to none, a match that he had once served for - Andre Agassi dropped the fifth set yesterday to Boris Becker, 6-4, to complete a 6-7 (4-7)
July 17, 1989 |
John McEnroe has withdrawn from the U.S. team for this week's Davis Cup semifinal against defending champion West Germany because of a shoulder injury, American tennis officials said yesterday. McEnroe, 30, who is ranked No. 5 in the world, will be replaced in the singles by Brad Gilbert, ranked No. 15, according Ed Fabricius, a spokesman for the U.S. Tennis Association. Fabricius said that team captain Tom Gorman had talked to Tim Mayotte and Michael Chang, the French Open champion, about taking McEnroe's place but that both had prior commitments.
September 22, 1990 |
The day after he lost in the final of the U.S. Open almost two weeks ago, a self-described "mentally fatigued" Andre Agassi placed a phone call to John McEnroe to discuss tennis business. Among the topics Agassi addressed was his reluctance to get on a plane so soon after the Open and represent his country in the Davis Cup. "John just said that he experienced so many good things in Davis Cup and he'd hate for me to miss out on them," Agassi recalled yesterday, after overpowering Horst Skoff, 7-6, 6-0, 6-1, before 17,000 fans at Prater Stadium's clay courts to even the team score at 1. Earlier, Austria's No. 1 singles player, Thomas Muster, defeated Michael Chang, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-4. "I think John has the right idea," said Agassi, the United States' No. 1 singles player.
November 7, 1991 |
Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Ken Flach and Robert Seguso were selected yesterday to play for the United States in this month's Davis Cup final against France. U.S. Davis Cup captain Tom Gorman decided not to pick veteran John McEnroe, who lobbied for a spot on the team that will play in Lyon, France, from Nov. 29 through Dec. 1. Agassi and Sampras will play singles; the veteran doubles team of Flach and Seguso was picked instead of Scott Davis and David Pate. Davis and Pate were upset by Germany in their Davis Cup debut in September.
July 18, 1994 |
Jim Courier, rescuing the United States following a shocking loss by Pete Sampras, defeated Jacco Eltingh in the deciding match of the Davis Cup quarterfinals against the host Netherlands. After Richard Krajicek beat Sampras earlier in the day to keep the Dutch alive, Courier downed Eltingh, 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, to give the United States a 3-2 victory in the best-of-five match competition. "I didn't think I'd have to play another live match," Courier said. "But the bottom line is we got the job done.
April 27, 1989 |
They lived together, they practiced together, the played together and they finally won together. And tonight Arthur Ashe, Stan Smith, Charlie Pasarell, Clark Graebner, Donald Dell and Dennis Ralston will get together again to relive the year 1968 when they came together with a mission - to win the Davis Cup. The mission was successful. They beat Australia in Adelaide, 4-1, in the finals. Today, though, they will do more than reminisce. This is a reunion with a purpose. Ashe has gathered his old teammates together to give a clinic at the Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis Center, an indoor facility in Manayunk that has been designated one of only two United States Tennis Association training centers in the country.
February 6, 1993 |
John McLean defeated Pete Bostwick, a former holder of the world open title, by 6-3, 6-1 to win the U.S. Open Court Tennis Championship yesterday at the New York Racquet and Tennis Club, of which both are members. Afterward, McLean and Bostwick combined to gain the doubles championship with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over fellow New Yorkers Gene Scott and Jesse Sammis. Scott, a former Davis Cup player, and Sammis had beaten the Van Alen brothers, James L. and William L., of the Philadelphia Racquet Club, in a straight-set semifinal.