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Patrick McEnroe to resign as USTA head of player development

- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 3, 2014

NEW YORK — Patrick McEnroe planned to announce his resignation as the U.S. Tennis Association's general manager of player development Wednesday, a person at the USTA with knowledge of the decision said.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because an announcement had not been made.

McEnroe was scheduled to discuss the move at a news conference at the U.S. Open after he finished announcing a quarterfinal match on television Wednesday.

McEnroe has been in the position, in charge of helping the USTA develop young tennis players, since April 2008. He is expected to stay on with the USTA until a successor is hired, the person told the AP.

The change 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.

McEnroe is a former professional tennis player and the younger brother of seven-time major champion John.

When Patrick McEnroe was appointed to the GM post, the USTA said its goal was to bring together teenagers from around the country in hopes of maximizing their potential.

In 2012, USTA player development set up five regional training centers, raising to 24 the total number of facilities in the program.

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