12/17/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 12/17/2020 09:57
Viktor Troicki, who rose to fame after clinching the decisive win to hand Serbia a first Davis Cup title in 2010, will take over as captain with immediate effect.
The 34-year-old, who held a career-high ranking of world No. 12 in 2011, replaces Nenad Zimonjic as Serbian skipper.
Troicki, who has been given the position on a four-year term, said: 'It's a huge honour and a huge privilege to be captain of Davis Cup Team Serbia, a team that has won the Davis Cup and also had a lot of success in the past years.
'It's a dream come true. I didn't expect that it would come so soon but definitely it was something that I was looking forward to.'
Serbia will compete at the 2021 Davis Cup by Rakuten Madrid Finals in November where they will be hoping to improve on a quarter-final finish in the inaugural edition of the tournament in 2019.
Key to their success will be the selection of world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, with whom Troicki has a close relationship. Djokovic is the only player still competing from the quartet that triumphed in Belgrade in 2010.
Janko Tipsarevic retired after the Finals in 2019 and Zimonjic himself competed in his last Davis Cup match back in 2017.
When asked what kind of captain he would be, Troicki replied: 'It's a huge honour being chosen by the players and I will try to help them out and lead them in the right way.
'With my experience over the years I have learned a lot and cherished every moment when I was with the team. I will try to implement that and try to make a good atmosphere in the team so that everyone enjoys it and everyone feels special when they are part of the team - that's my goal.'
Although not yet retired, Troicki said he doesn't plan on nominating himself to play and so will end his Davis Cup career with a 24-16 win-loss record overall.