The US, who surprisingly lost their recent Davis Cup semi-final against Italy, start their next campaign in April against a Great Britain side containing Greg Rusedski and Tim Henman. Neither of the Americans highest- ranked players, Pete Sampras or Andre Agassi, played in that defeat - something that McEnroe would like to see remedied.
"Tennis has become a joke in the Davis Cup and the Olympics," he said. "It just doesn't seem the players ultimately care about playing. That I never will understand. Considering the amount of money and all the attention they get from the game, you'd think they'd at least want to represent their country for four weeks a year maximum."
McEnroe said it would be too difficult for him to play a direct role in lifting Davis Cup out of the doldrums. "I guess I'd have to get on my knees and beg Sampras to play, which is one reason I don't want to take the job," he said. "I can't imagine bending that low."
The winner of the Great Britain-US tie will meet the winner of Australia v Zimbabwe. Germany's Davis Cup team manager, Boris Becker, will not succeed Klaus Stauder as president of the German federation - at least, not according to Stauder himself.
"Boris has told me clearly that he has no ambition to become president." Stauder said. "He would no longer feel free and independent [if he did]."Reuse content