Michael Kohlmann, a 44-year-old former Top 100 player had become the Davis Cup captain of Germany in 2015, replacing Carsten Arriens who led them in the previous two years, and he has scored four wins in eight ties so far to keep Germany safely in the World Group.
Three-time champions will kick off their 2019 Davis Cup campaign with a 14th straight season in the World Group and Kohlmann will be the captain again, extending his contract with the German Tennis Federation until December 31. Germany failed to reach the semi-final of the Davis Cup since 2007 but Kohlmann managed to keep them in the elite for the last four years, winning the Play-off ties against the Dominican Republic, Poland and Portugal between 2015-2017 before scoring their first win in the opening round since 2014 when they defeated Australia in Brisbane this February.
Two months later, Germans played an amazing tie against mighty Spain in Valencia, leading 2-1 after Saturday's doubles rubber and falling short in the deciding set of the final rubber between David Ferrer and Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Kohlmann is only the eight Davis Cup captain of Germany since 1985 and the third who stayed in charge for at least five years after Niki Pilic and Patrik Kuhnen. ALSO READ: Super talented Italian Luca Nardi scores first pro win at the age of 14!