Patrick McEnroe resigns from USTA development post

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 3, 2014 at 9:21 pm •  Published: September 3, 2014
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NEW YORK (AP) — Patrick McEnroe announced his resignation Wednesday after 6 1/2 years as the U.S. Tennis Association's general manager of player development.

In May, the USTA announced plans for a $60 million tennis center in the Lake Nona area of Orlando, Florida, and McEnroe said that, for personal and professional reasons, he did not want to be based there full-time. He is also a TV analyst.

McEnroe will stay on with the group to help with the transition to a successor, a process that USTA Executive Director and COO Gordon Smith said could take at least four to six months.

McEnroe's departure, discussed at a news conference at the U.S. Open, comes during a tournament in which zero American men reached the round of 16 for the second year in a row — something that, until 2013, had never happened at an event that began in 1881.

No U.S. man has reached the quarterfinals at any Grand Slam tournament since 2012, and none has won a major championship since Andy Roddick at Flushing Meadows in 2003.

"Obviously, the world has caught up to us," McEnroe said.

Smith said the change was not prompted by recent results at the elite level, particularly on the men's side.

"If you look at where we are and where we have come from ... we have a great foundation. Frankly, I think we are going to see results of that," Smith said.

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