Shop Fantasy Central Golf Guide Email Travel Subscribe SI About Us Tennis

 

EVENTS
 Sportsman of the Year
 Heisman Trophy
 Swimsuit 2001

CENTERS
 Fantasy Central
 Inside Game
 Video Plus
 Statitudes
 Your Turn
 Message Boards
 Email Newsletters
 Golf Guide
 Cities
 

CNNSI.com GROUP
 Sports Illustrated
 Life of Reilly
 SI Women
 SI for Kids
 Press Room
 TBS/TNT Sports
 CNN Languages

COMMERCE
 SI Customer Service
 SI Media Kits
 Get into College
 Sports Memorabilia
 TeamStore

Generation gap

Veteran Martin, up-and-comer Roddick lead U.S. team

Click here for more on this story
Posted: Thursday September 06, 2001 1:56 PM
Updated: Thursday September 06, 2001 4:29 PM
  Andy Roddick Andy Roddick won three ATP titles tournaments this season. Clive Brunskill/Allsport

NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. Open quarterfinalist Andy Roddick and veteran Todd Martin will lead the United States against India in the Davis Cup qualifying round in September.

The squad, announced Thursday by team captain Patrick McEnroe, also includes James Blake, Robby Ginepri and doubles specialists Jared Palmer and Donald Johnson. Jim Courier will assist McEnroe as coach

"It's a six-man team with a possibility that they all could play," McEnroe said.

Roddick, 19, one of the hottest players in tennis, won three ATP titles this year and advanced to his first Grand Slam quarterfinal. He made his Davis Cup debut in February against Switzerland, defeating George Bastl in the 3-2 U.S. loss to the Swiss.

"Andy is a great kid, a great player. He likes the team concept and we're hoping we can keep him for a long time," McEnroe said.

Martin, 31, has represented the United States in Davis Cup play every year since he made his debut against India in the first round of the 1994 competition. Martin, has a 14-14 Davis Cup record (11-8 in singles), was a singles finalist at the 1994 Australian Open and 1999 U.S. Open

Blake was on the verge of upsetting Australian star Lleyton Hewitt at the U.S. Open last week before wilting in the heat and losing the final two sets.

During the match Hewitt erupted in a tirade that included comments widely interpreted as racial. Hewitt said his remarks were misinterpreted.

"He's been improving a lot over the past six months, what he did here was a tremendous effort," said McEnroe.

India is led by 1996 Olympics bronze medalist Leander Paes and teammate Mahesh Bhupathi. The pair, one of the best doubles teams in the world, were the first team in over 45 years to reach all four Grand Slam doubles finals in a calendar year, winning the 1999 Wimbledon and French open and losing in the final of the Australian and U.S. opens.

"The Indians have always been very tough in the Davis Cup. They've always played beyond what they normally play on the Tour," said Mc Enroe. "Leander Paes had probably is best matches of his career in singles in Davis Cup. Their doubles speaks for themselves. It's a tough match, but it's a match we believe we'll win."

The tie will take place in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, from Sept. 21-23.

The winner will stay in the World Group in 2002, while the loser will be relegated.


 
Related information
Stories
Plenty of questions for U.S. Davis Cup qualifier
U.S.-India tie will take place in Winston-Salem
Multimedia
Visit Video Plus for the latest audio and video
Search our site Watch CNN/SI 24 hours a day
Sports Illustrated and CNN have combined to form a 24 hour sports news and information channel. To receive CNN/SI at your home call your cable operator or DirecTV.

Copyright 2003 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


CNNSI Copyright © 2001
CNN/Sports Illustrated
An AOL Time Warner Company.
All Rights Reserved.

Terms under which this service is provided to you.
Read our privacy guidelines.