The World Group semifinals tie between Croatia and United States was the last one featuring Jim Courier as the American Davis Cup team captain. Over eight years, Courier guided America to two semifinals (besides this year, also in 2012) and six quarter-finals.
Courier first joined in 2010, he was the second longest captain after Patrick McEnroe who was on the bench for ten years. Courier shared his gratitude through a short statement: 'It’s been my honor and privilege to represent the USTA and USA as a player and captain', the former world No.
1 said. 'I look forward to cheering the team on as they pursue the cup in its new format next year and beyond.' Interviewed by AP through mail Courier said that beating the Switzerland of Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka away from home on clay in February 2012 is his strongest memory as a captain.
Explaining the reasons that led him to end his journey on the Davis Cup bench, Courier added: 'The reason I made 2018 my final year was my view that eight years was the right amount of time for me to lead the team. The format change did not factor into my thinking, as it was far from a certainty when I made the decision.' The USTA Chairman of the Board and President Katrina Adams said: 'We thank Jim for his commitment to excellence and to the Davis Cup team.
I have been proud to travel the world with Jim and watch first hand as he delivered the highest level of integrity and devotion to success.' Martin Blackman, the USTA Player Development General Manager, stated: 'I've known Jim for almost 40 years, enjoying his friendship and admiring the steel will and unrelenting work ethic that made him a great champion and a great leader as Davis Cup captain.' United States will be part of the 18-nation team Davis Cup final stage in November 2019.
The new captain has not been chosen yet, but a lot of potential candidates could be there including former players like James Blake or Robby Ginepri. ALSO READ: David Ferrer: 'It will be my last US Open. Facing Rafael Nadal is a gift'