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02/14/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 02/14/2020 06:08

Doskarayev stands down as Kazakhstan captain

Kazakhstan's Davis Cup captain Dias Doskarayev has resigned after eight years in charge and will be replaced by Yuriy Schukin.

Doskarayev, who oversaw 16 Davis Cup ties since taking over from Yegor Shaldunov in September 2012, ended his time in charge with a 9-7 win-loss record.

Speaking at the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas tie last weekend, Doskarayev said: 'First of all it's been an honour. I would like to thank the President of the Federation, and also the players for trusting me and respecting me.

'I have no regrets about a thing. To play Davis Cup for your country and then be a captain, I think it's a dream for anyone.'

During his tenure, Kazakhstan were a mainstay in the top tier of the competition. Doskarayev's team were notoriously difficult to defeat on home soil, with only Czech Republic able to overcome his side in Astana en route to the Davis Cup title in 2013.

The Kazakhs also came closest to defeating the Swiss side that won the Davis Cup in 2014, going 2-1 up against a side that contained Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka no less.

Doskarayev oversaw Kazakhstan's first foray into the new Davis Cup format, where they finished second in their pool after defeating Netherlands but losing a close encounter with Great Britain 2-1.

His successor, Schukin, will be looking to book his team's place to the Davis Cup by Rakuten Madrid Finals when they take on Netherlands in the Qualifiers on 6-7 March.