AW: What are the challenges of being the other tennis-playing McEnroe?
PM: I’ve been asked questions like this since I was 11, so I’ve become quite experienced when it comes to verbalizing, which I suppose in many ways helped me get where I am today.
AW: What makes the Davis Cup unlike anything else in tennis?
PM: As a tennis player, you miss all that makes team sports great — working together and the support of others. The Davis Cup brings you that in a big, high-stakes way.
AW: What would make the Davis Cup more popular in the U.S.?
PM: Right now it’s scheduled yearlong at odd times, which makes it hard to promote. We’ve got to change the format, either by playing it over a five-week season, or every other year.
AW: Talk about going up against the French team.
PM: We’re playing at Roland Garros, a venue the French built nearly 75 years ago for its Davis Cup matches against the U.S. We’ll also be slight underdogs since we’re playing on clay, a surface the French prefer a bit more than we do. But we’ll be inspired. You’d never want to count out a team with big guns like Pete Sampras and Andy Roddick.