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Australian Tennis Federation Chairman Chris Kermode has announced that Novak Djokovic will captain the Serbian team at the Federation Cup tournament, scheduled for Sept. 14 to 29, in 2022.
That news means that the Davis Cup will continue to operate as an international team competition, without an automatic entry into the French Open.
“Novak had been on our wish list from the start, and I’m delighted to be announcing his appointment today,” Kermode said. “This is a historic moment for tennis in Serbia and we are keen to make this Tennis Australia’s most important tournament. I know Novak will not only provide great leadership for Serbia, but also our Davis Cup team.”
The Davis Cup tournament is being held at Homebush Bay in Sydney for the sixth consecutive year.
“In recent years it has been a success, especially in the challenging Australian winter, where it is a shame there aren’t more international matches,” Kermode said. “That is why it is important that we continue to organically grow this format, and expand the competition to other countries. It is how the sport will grow over the next 10 years.”
Kermode noted that Tennis Australia, through its successful sponsorship of Fed Cup, has proven itself to be successful in developing international team competitions.
“Now the year-round calendar of Davis Cup, with Davis Cup World Group, Asia-Oceania and Winter Tour events plus the new International Tennis Federation Global League, provides a base to grow the format and make it more attractive to fans and players,” Kermode said.
“This event has been a great success for our community and for Tennis Australia, and the Davis Cup comes to Australia every two years. We can see tennis growing in this country and it is important that we continue to provide opportunities to our local grassroots players.”
Djokovic will officially lead the Serbian team for the first time at the 2019 International Tennis Federation (ITF) International Super Series (ISS) Championships in February and 2020.
In addition to Friday’s announcement, Kermode also confirmed that John Peers will continue as the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Senior Vice President of Women’s Tennis for a further three years, beginning with the 2021 season.
The news comes after the Fed Cup launched in Australia earlier this month.