LONDON -- A new candidate to fill one of the singles slots for the United States Davis Cup team's series with West Germany later this month has emerged: Jimmy Connors.
After Connors' quarterfinal victory over Slobodan Zivojinovic today, U.S. Davis Cup captain Tom Gorman asked him if he would consider playing in the series, which will decide which country remains in the main draw for 1988.
"We're going to talk again tomorrow," Connors said tonight. "I told Tom I was definitely willing to consider it."
Connors last played Davis Cup in 1984, when the Americans lost in the championship series to Sweden. He has been an infrequent Davis Cup player during his career.
John McEnroe has not played a match since losing in the first round of the French Open and has told Gorman he does not want to play in a tournament before the Davis series begins July 24. Gorman is trying to convince McEnroe to play a tournament in Livingston, N.J., the week before to get sharp. So far, McEnroe has refused.
Gorman would like his two singles players to come from among McEnroe, Connors and Tim Mayotte. Connors has said in the past he feels he should leave Davis Cup play to younger players. But now, with none of them performing nearly as well as he is, and the U.S. team in trouble, he may reconsider.