Queensland’s Pat Rafter will replace John Fitzgerald as Australia’s Davis Cup team captain.

Fitzgerald steps down after ten years in the role where he led Australia to two finals.

Peter Addley reports.

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As a two-time US Open champion, Wimbledon runner up, and former world number one, Pat Rafter brings a wealth of experience into his new role.

Facing mounting pressure due to Australia’s continual failure to reach the World Group, John Fitzgerald says Rafter will take the team in the right direction.

John Fitzgerald, Former Captain: “The time is right. It’s absolutely right. Pat’s ready to go. He’s the right person for the job now. And I wish him well. And not every day you have a past Australian of the year ready to take over the Davis Cup team. So I’m just delighted.”

Head of Australian men’s tennis Todd Woodbridge says Rafter’s previous experience with the team counted towards his appointment.

Todd Woodbridge, Head of Men’s Tennis: “It’s not like he’s just walking in all of a sudden. He’s tasted it, he’s felt a part of it, and he believes in the process that we’re building.”

Rafter will be joined by his former mentor Tony Roche who will coach the team.

Australia begins their journey back to the World Group when they face Taiwan in March.

Peter Addley, QUT News.