McEnroe's commitment has U.S. on verge of title

When contemplating retirement, Patrick McEnroe dreamt of one day being the Davis Cup captain. Dream come true, he carved out a unique style and now McEnroe has the United States on the cusp of a title.

Originally Published: November 27, 2007
By Bonnie D. Ford | Special to ESPN.com

At the end of the day, they're going to play because they want to be with each other, not because of me. I would only be a reason that they wouldn't play.

-- U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe, in an interview with ESPN.com in early November.

PORTLAND, Ore. -- When Patrick McEnroe succeeded his oldest brother, John, as Davis Cup captain before the 2001 season, the country's two best players, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi, were ambivalent at best about continuing to sign up. Other ...

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