Sanchez Vicario named Spain's Davis Cup captain

Updated: October 8, 2005, 11:33 AM ET

MADRID -- Spain has named former player Emilio Sanchez Vicario as the new captain of their Davis Cup team following the sackings of previous skippers Jordi Arrese and Juan Avendano.

Sanchez Vicario is the eldest brother of women's former world No. 1 Arantxa Sanchez Vicario and has made a living as a coach and television commentator since his retirement from the ATP circuit.

"Emilio is a great professional, a hard worker and a proven success," Spanish Tennis Federation president Pedro Munoz told a news conference on Saturday.

The decision to discard Arrese and Avedano, who led Spain to victory in the 2004 Davis Cup, was a controversial one and did not meet with the approval of all the players in the Spanish team.

But Munoz said that Sanchez Vicario's appointment now had the full support of all the players in the present squad.

"All of the players without exception said that they were united behind my decision."

Spain lost to Slovakia in this year's World Group first round tie though victory over Italy last month kept them in the elite group for 2006 where they will open with a tie against Belarus.