Patrick McEnroe Leaves USTA PD

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I was sitting in Arthur Ashe stadium yesterday afternoon when I saw the tweet from the NY Times: Patrick McEnroe Out As USTA Player Development Head. A little while later, I received an email from USTA’s communications department alerting all media on site of the press conference to explain in more detail exactly what was going on. Of course, I was there amid some very powerful media representatives, including the author of the original NY Times piece as well as folks from ESPN, Inside Tennis, and others.

Colette Lewis of has written a detailed account of what went on yesterday – click here to read it along with links to several other related resources. Rather than restate what Colette has already presented so well, instead I’ve included below the audio from the press conference. I’m sure I will be writing more about this latest USTA development once I’ve had time to process it fully (and get some sleep – it was a very late night at the Open last night!), so please check back over the next few days. In the meantime, I would love to hear your thoughts on who should succeed Patrick and why you feel that person is qualified for the job – please share your ideas in the Comments section below.



6 thoughts on “Patrick McEnroe Leaves USTA PD


    “Only in tennis could this almost-humorous set of circumstances occur.
    Well, it wasn’t very humorous for ESPN tennis commentator and soon-to-be former USTA head of player development Patrick McEnroe. But it’s a moment that perfectly illustrates how inbred the sport is.

    In the late afternoon Wednesday, the New York Times broke the news that McEnroe, the man in charge of developing the U.S.’s next generation of champions, was to be relieved of his duties after the U.S. Open, after six years on the job…

    Shortly before that news broke, McEnroe was on a U.S. Open practice court hitting with his brother John, as if nothing else were going on….”

    (WAIT A MINUTE….. NOTHING IS GOING ON FOR PATRICK MCENROE that Wednesday that he has all the time in the world to actually hit with his brother John on an open court at the US Open….. Did he forget that the US Juniors were playing right there too at the US Junior Open????)

    “McEnroe was also criticized for his high salary, averaging about $1 million a year for the four years through 2012 for which records were available, the Times reported.
    But here’s where those incestuous tennis conflicts show up: the press conference, which was to include two USTA execs and McEnroe himself, was delayed and delayed – because McEnroe was on ESPN, doing television commentary about the crown jewel tournament of the organization that had been planning to fire him.”

    ( that’s the ironic part of the story, he was late to his own firing of a job that pays between $750,000 – 1,000,000 a year because his other job at ESPN held him up).

  2. Yea I’m not going to bash him BUT we the US had 2 kids playing Wednesday on the Grandstand. The fruits of PD labor and where was the head of PD.

    Seems Jim Courier understands the gravity of the situation, and I bet he would have been @ the grandstand showing the flag.

  3. Agree, I find it bizarre that the head of the USTA PD at the time ( and still is until they replace him), didn’t think it was necessary to watch HIS PLAYERS actually play, but that it was more important for him to play with his brother. Was Patrick warming up for his own match?

  4. I can admit I was wrong and a bit naive, had no idea, what was “real” reason? To think he was replaced because of 10,12,14 …… Year olds playing tennis. This I understand

    NY Times article:

    “But CBS also faced a troubling trend that has devalued the tournament as a TV property: an absence of strong American men’s players that has led to tumbling viewership. CBS was long buoyed by American ratings magnets like Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe, and then by Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi (one of whom, or both, were in the final 10 times between 1990 and 2002). Audiences have shrunk for Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, regardless of their brilliance.

    The reality of fewer people watching the marquee finals has been acknowledged in the reduced fees that CBS had been paying in the last couple of contracts.***** Faced with a demand from the United States Tennis Association to substantially boost its rights payments, CBS instead chose to walk away.”

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