Courier gets chance to lead U.S. Davis Cup
As soon as there was an opening for a U.S. Davis Cup captain, Jim Courier began lobbying for the job. He was hired Wednesday by the U.S. Tennis Association.
"I've always known once I got a taste of playing Davis Cup, if I were given an opportunity to be the captain, I would certainly want to take it," Courier, 40, said.
Saying he wanted to dedicate time to his family and other jobs, Patrick McEnroe said during the U.S. Open — for which Courier was working as an analyst for CBS — he was stepping down after 10 years.
"I was kind of put on the spot by my colleague Ian Eagle at the U.S. Open," Courier said with a laugh. "I hope I handled it okay. I didn't want to be seen as grandstanding or lobbying too hard for the position."
Courier was No. 1 in the world for a combined 58 weeks in 1992-93 and won the French Open in 1991 and 1992 and Australian Open in 1992 and 1993. He also helped the United States win the Davis Cup in 1992 and 1995 and finished 16-10 in singles and 1-0 in doubles.
Courier's debut comes in the first round March 4-6 at Chile.
WTA Championships: Tampa resident Samantha Stosur beat top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-3 in Doha, Qatar, to improve to 2-0 in the round-robin group stage. After beating Elena Dementieva (0-1) Tuesday, Wozniacki (1-1) needs one more win to secure the top ranking for the season. She has another chance today against Francesca Schiavone (0-1). In other matches, Kim Clijsters, out since the U.S. Open with a foot injury, beat Jelena Jankovic (0-2) in her first match back, and Vera Zvonareva (2-0) beat Victoria Azarenka (0-1). The top two from each four-woman group advance to the semifinals.
Zenyatta entered in Breeders' Classic
Zenyatta will again face the boys, putting her 19-0 record on the line when she defends her title in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic. Zenyatta was pre-entered in the Classic (Nov. 6 in Louisville) with 13 others: 2009 Classic runnerup Gio Ponti; Preakness winner Lookin At Lucky and runnerup First Dude; Whitney winner Blame; Woodward and Metropolitan Mile winner Quality Road; Japanese champion Espoir City; Jockey Club Gold Cup winner Haynesfield; Travers runnerup Fly Down; Metropolitan Mile runnerup Musket Man; Virginia Derby winner Paddy O'Prado; Pat O'Brien runnerup Crown of Thorns; Monmouth Cup winner Etched; and Pacific Classic third-place finisher Dakota Phone. Final entries and the post-position draw are Tuesday. Only Tiznow has won consecutive Classics, in 2000 and 2001.
College basketball: G Matt Gatens, Iowa's top scorer last season (12.3 points) is out indefinitely with a torn tendon in his left hand. Gatens, who was hurt Tuesday and is set for surgery today, is expected to play this season. … Pittsburgh F Nasir Robinson had surgery for torn cartilage in his right knee and is expected to miss up to six weeks. He started all 34 games last season, averaging 6.6 points and 5.6 rebounds.
Boxing: IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud (21-0, 18 knockouts) will defend his title against Fulgencio Zuniga (24-4-1, 21 KOs) on Dec. 17 in Miami, promoter Don King said. Also on the card, 2004 Cuban Olympic gold medalist Odlanier Solis (16-0, 12 KOs) faces Ray Austin (28-4-4, 18 KOs), the winner getting a title shot against WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko.