Jump-starting tennis talent

USTA establishes Midwest Training Center

Originally Published: August 29, 2009
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

It was just hours after Andy Roddick lost his epic five-set Wimbledon final to Roger Federer last month, when Patrick McEnroe came calling.

"We had to talk about Davis Cup," recalled McEnroe, Davis Cup team captain and general manager of USTA development, "and I told him that one match will do more for his reputation and American tennis than any wins he has ever had."

There is no way to quantify how many American boys and girls watched the Roddick-Federer match and became inspired ...

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