Patrick McEnroe: The Longest US Devis Cup Captain

Patrick McEnroe

Patrick William McEnroe is an American former professional tennis player, broadcaster, and former captain of the United States Davis Cup team.

Born in Manhasset, New York, he is John McEnroe’s youngest brother. He won one singles title and 16 doubles titles, including the 1989 French Open. His career-high rankings were world No. 28 in singles and world No. 3 in doubles.

On May 1, 2023, McEnroe began his tenure as President of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

McEnroe started playing tennis as a young boy and was taught at the Port Washington Tennis Academy, where his brother John also played. As a junior, Patrick reached the semifinals of Wimbledon and the US Open boys’ singles in 1983.

He partnered with Luke Jensen to win the French junior doubles and the USTA Boys’ 18 National and Clay Court titles in 1984.

He also made his first impact on the professional tour that year, teaming up with brother John to win the doubles title at Richmond, Virginia.

He won the men’s doubles gold medal at the 1987 Pan American Games with Jensen and helped Stanford University win the NCAA team championship in 1986 and 1988. While at Stanford, he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. McEnroe graduated from Stanford in 1988 with a degree in political science and then joined the professional tennis tour.

In 1989, McEnroe won the French Open men’s doubles title and the Masters doubles title, partnering with Jim Grabb.

His first career singles final came in 1991 in Chicago, where he faced his brother John, who won the match 3–6, 6–2, 6–4. (This was the second time in tour history where two brothers faced each other in a tournament final after Emilio Sánchez and Javier Sánchez met in the Madrid final in 1987.)

His best Grand Slam singles performance came at the 1991 Australian Open, where he reached the semifinals before being knocked out by eventual champion Boris Becker.

He was also runner-up in the men’s doubles at the Australian Open that year, partnering with his former Stanford teammate David Wheaton.

McEnroe won the men’s singles at the Sydney Outdoor Championships in 1995, to claim his only career singles title. He also had some notable Grand Slam singles results that year – beating Boris Becker in the first round of the Australian Open (before eventually losing in the fourth round) and then reaching the quarterfinals of the US Open where he lost to Becker in an epic four-hour and seven-minute four-set marathon.

In the Davis Cup, McEnroe represented his country as a doubles player in 1993, 1994, and 1996, compiling a 3–1 record. In 2000, after older brother John resigned following an unhappy 14-month spell as captain, he was named the 38th captain of the United States Davis Cup team.

McEnroe served as U.S. Davis Cup captain for nine years, making him the longest-serving captain in U.S. history. McEnroe is credited with bringing aboard a new crop of young talent—including Andy Roddick, James Blake, and the Bryan brothers—when he assumed the captaincy in 2001.

He led that group to the Davis Cup championship in 2007 when the U.S. defeated Russia for its record-extending 32nd Davis Cup championship. Overall, McEnroe has captained the team to the semifinals or better on five occasions, and his 16 total victories as captain (through the first round in 2009) place him second all-time in U.S. Davis Cup history.

On December 19, 1998, McEnroe married singer and actress Melissa Errico. They have three daughters, Victoria Penny (born 2006) and twins Juliette Beatrice and Diana Katherine (born 2008). They live in Bronxville, New York.

McEnroe currently works as a broadcaster for ESPN and a contributor to CNN. He previously worked for CBS from 1996 to 2008. McEnroe has worked for ESPN since 1995, where his versatility allows him to work play-by-play, as a studio host, or analyst. He is regularly paired with his brother John or Darren Cahill.

Patrick works as the lead play-by-play man for many of ESPN’s tennis events.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *