In order to help his country advance to the Davis Cup Finals elimination round, Bob Bryan says he is eager to assume the responsibilities of the American Davis Cup captain. Mardy Fish, the captain of the American Davis Cup team, tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday.
Fish was recommended not to travel to Glasgow, where the United States will play Great Britain, Kazakhstan, and the Netherlands, after being diagnosed with COVID-19. According to the Davis Cup Finals website, Bryan said, “Mardy said run it the way you want to run it – you make the choices you want to make, and I’m here if you want to bounce ideas.”
In order to give me a little more control while I’m here, he wants to give me some decision-making authority. It goes without saying that I’m honored that he would consider me for the job. I had a great time hanging out with the guys in Reno [at the Qualifiers] earlier in the year and learned how Mardy operates as well as gaining new insight into the situation.
I’ve always been a player, so getting the chance to lead this fantastic team and be a part of it is wonderful.
Bryan aspires to successfully guide the US without Fish.
Bryan, whose incredible doubles career saw him win 23 Grand Slam championships, was also a member of the American squad that won the 2007 Davis Cup.
Bryan will have access to Taylor Fritz, Tommy Paul, Jack Sock, and Rajeev Ram this week in Glasgow. After making it to his first Grand Slam semifinal at the US Open, Frances Tiafoe withdrew from the Davis Cup to take a break.
The players, Bryan insisted, “are extremely thrilled to represent their country and they view it as a pleasure and an honor, not a burden.” If the United States, under Bryan’s leadership, can place in the top two this week and advance to the Davis Cup Finals elimination round, that remains to be seen.