Former world no. 7 Mardy Fish became the Davis Cup captain in January, succeeding Jim Courier and waiting to make a debut on the USA bench at the Davis Cup Finals in Madrid in November. The most decorated team in the history of the greatest team competition in tennis will face Italy and Canada in Group F, hoping to reach the semi-final and stay on the title course, the first in 12 years.
Mardy is ready to embrace the challenge and lead his squad in the Spanish capital, relying on John Isner but also the young guns, with four of the top-7 ranked American players being younger than 23. Reilly Opelka, Frances Tiafoe, Taylor Fritz and Tommy Paul and the most prominent American youngsters at the moment and they should lead their Davis Cup squad in the years to come.
"We are all very excited about the Davis Cup Finals here in the US; the players are all on board and ready to get going. We are all very interested in how the new format will play out in Madrid and excited to play for the team.
Davis Cup captaincy is a dream job for me, I wanted to be the captain while I was defending the colors of the USA. I have always been so intrigued in the opportunity to lead the guys for Team USA. I don’t miss the travel element of being a tennis pro but I miss competing at that level.
My role in Madrid will be to put the best team together that we think can beat the team across the net from us. I have been around the guys for the entire year and I have been at events throughout the year. I’m in contact with them weekly.
We have had a few dinners and team events that have been a blast. Tiafoe, Fritz and Opelka are the present and future of American tennis, they should be a part of the team for years to come. You can always throw out previous results in Davis Cup.
It’s always easier to win two sets against someone better than you than it would be to win three sets. There should be some great matches and enjoyable results."