NEW YORK (AP) -- Andre Agassi could solve all of Patrick McEnroe's problems.
"Agassi is probably the guy you'd really want on your Davis Cup team," McEnroe said after being introduced as the 38th captain of the U.S. Davis Cup team. "He's a guy who brings his passion, his energy to Davis Cup. He's a great leader. He inspires other players."
He also probably won't be available for McEnroe, who takes over the captain's reins relinquished last month by older brother John McEnroe.
Instead, Patrick McEnroe is looking toward a team for the future featuring younger players.
"I'm looking forward to building a team spirit amongst the players, amongst the coaches, amongst the coaches that are within the USTA," McEnroe said. "I'm not expecting that we'll be able to get everybody that we want to play.
"One of my primary goals is, A, to get the best guys that you can, but B, to realize that we're in a position now where it really is time to start looking to some of the younger players ... and start looking toward the future a little bit more."
Calling Agassi and Pete Sampras "two of the greatest of all time," McEnroe said he has "a lot of optimism about some of the young guys we have: James Blake, Andy Roddick, Mardy Fish, Taylor Dent."
When John McEnroe resigned, he said his inability to convince Sampras and Agassi to commit to playing Davis Cup next year was one of the reasons he quit.
Patrick McEnroe understands.
"Guys like Andre and Pete, they're in the latter stages of their career and they really want to make sure they're ready at the Grand Slams," McEnroe said. "My job is to do what I have to do within the format that's there."
Talking to the media, McEnroe kept returning to his theme of it being a team effort and looking at new faces.
"We need someone ... that's going to bring along some of the young players of the future of U.S. tennis," he said. "I think there are some real bright hopes. It is a time to have some of the old and, hopefully, bring in some of the new in the incoming years."
McEnroe said the fact that he was not the player his brother was -- "He was such a great player, a great talent" -- may be to his advantage in his role as captain.
"A very big part of the job is understanding strategy, understanding the players, understanding what the strengths and weaknesses are," he said. "I think I have that because as a player I didn't have all the talent in the world, but I did as well as I did with figuring out how to get the most out of my ability, figuring out how to win matches that probably I had no business winning.
"I will try to bring that to those weeks of Davis Cup."
It is the first time brothers have captained the American team in the longest-running annual international team competitions in the world. The McEnroes are only the second set of brothers to play Davis Cup for the United States. Robert and George Wrenn played in 1903, but neither ever captained the team.
McEnroe's appointment was announced by Arlen Kantarian, U.S. Tennis Association's chief executive of professional tennis.
"Patrick McEnroe has been involved in virtually every aspect of the game of tennis ... as a player, team owner, broadcaster, author, talk-show host and board member," Kantarian said. "His competitive instinct, understanding of the game and strong leadership skills make him the perfect choice to lead the U.S. Davis Cup team."
Also participating in the announcement were Judy Levering, the outgoing USTA president, and Mervin Heller Jr., who will take over as president on Jan. 1.
John McEnroe, who was appointed captain on Sept. 8, 1999, quit last month, making his reign the shortest by a U.S. captain in 37 years.
When Patrick McEnroe leads his first team into action in February in Basel, Switzerland, he could call on his brother to play doubles.
"I couldn't really pick myself when I was captain," John McEnroe said last week. "I'm not holding my breath, put it that way. But I don't see anyone out there who plays a better game of doubles than I do."
Asked about the possibility of his picking John for the team, Patrick said: "It's certainly something I'm not going to rule out."
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