Big U.S. stars to skip Davis Cup

February 20, 1993|By New York Times News Service

NEW YORK -- All of last year's heroes have declined to attend, but the U.S. Tennis Association has finally found a Davis Cup team to begin defense of its 1992 championship in the first round against Australia next month.

The USTA announced yesterday that Brad Gilbert, ranked No. 34 with a 10-3 Davis Cup singles record, and David Wheaton, ranked No. 48 and making his Davis Cup debut, will play singles.

Two more cup neophytes, Richey Reneberg and Jim Grabb, the reigning U.S. Open champions, will team for doubles.

The match against Australia will be played March 26-28 on the grass courts at Kooyong Stadium in Melbourne, the former site of the Australian Open.

The United States has defeated Australia in 24 of 42 Davis Cup encounters, the last of which earned the United States the 1990 title.

But Australia won the last time the Americans traveled Down Under, to Brisbane in 1986.

The Australian team has not been announced.

The United States has five players in the top 10, but assembling this team proved a tough task for Tom Gorman, the eight-year Davis Cup captain. He failed to persuade any of last year's championship squad to make the trek to Australia.

John McEnroe, Jim Courier, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi, who has 10 consecutive Davis Cup victories, all turned him down.

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