Former Davis Cup champion Bob Bryan announced as new US team captain
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American tennis legend Bob Bryan has been named as the new American Davis Cup team captain. Bryan, who captured 23 Grand Slam titles across the men's and mixed doubles competitions, was a member of the American team that won the Davis Cup title in 2007.
Last year, Bryan was a coach for the American Davis Cup team. Now, Bryan has been named as Mardy Fish's successor in the American Davis Cup team captain position. After Fish tested positive for COVID-19 last September, Bryan replaced him as the acting captain.
Bryan did well in his role, guiding the American team through the group stage of the Davis Cup Finals. When Fish returned to his role in late November, the American team suffered a loss to Italy in the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup Finals knockout stage.
Fish on being named the new American Davis Cup team captain
“I am extremely honored and humbled for this opportunity to captain the United States Davis Cup team. I have been inspired watching these young American players continue to rise and I am motivated to contribute to this positive momentum.
I am passionately looking forward to working with the players, their coaches, teams, and the USTA support staff in our mission to bring the Cup back to the United States," Bryan said in a statement released by the USTA. The United States owns a record 32 Davis Cup titles but they haven't won a title in the competition since 2007.
Bryan is hoping he can now win the Davis Cup as a captain. "I feel grateful to have represented my country in Davis Cup. These experiences have offered me my proudest moments on the court and my most unforgettable memories.
Playing Davis Cup was a dream for me as a young junior and the goal of making the team pushed me while I played on tour," Bryan reflected. Bryan will make his debut as the team captain in September, when the time comes for the Davis Cup Finals group stage.