Mardy Fish, a former top-10 player, has been adjudged the new skipper of the US Davis Cup team. He will take over the job as the event shifts to a drastically different setup. US Tennis Association’s (USTA) source revealed that Fish will replace former captain Jim Courier. Courier stepped down in September 2018 after carrying the responsibility of as long as eight years. A formal announcement regarding Fish's appointment is still to take place.
Fish, the 37-year-old, won six titles in singles and eight in doubles as a player, earned a silver medal for the United States at the 2004 Athens Olympics in singles and competed in the Davis Cup from 2002-12. He made it to the quarterfinals at three Grand Slam tournaments and reached a career-best ranking of No. 7.
Following Fish's retirement from tennis tour, in 2015, current world number three and Swiss legend Roger Federer described him as “one of the great ball-strikers of the last 15 years.”
The overhauled Davis Cup Finals – an 18-team tournament at a neutral site – are set to make their debut in Madrid from Nov. 18-24. As opposed to the earlier trend, of the tournament being year-long competition, the captain’s duties will now include work with the USTA player development program.
Post retirement from tennis tour, Fish had spent time working part-time with young players for the USTA.
While the final announcement is still on cards, it is almost certain that Fish will take over the new role. He, thus, will be the 41st captain in the 120-year history of the US Davis Cup team.
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