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Report: Ivanesevic to lead Croatia Davis Cup team

12/27/2005 - Tennis

ZAGREB, Croatia -- Former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic is likely to be appointed Croatia's Davis Cup
captain, daily newspaper Jutarnji List reported on Tuesday.

Croatia, led by coach Niki Pilic, won the Davis Cup beating
Slovakia in the final earlier this month.

The daily said Ivanisevic, who retired in 2004 because of a
shoulder injury, was due to meet the head of the Croatian Tennis Association on Wednesday for final talks.

"As it seems now, I'm likely to take over as the team
captain from Pilic, who will stay on as my adviser," the
34-year-old Ivanisevic told the paper.

"I believe we will carry on with good results after this
sensational triumph. It is now up to us to break with a
tradition that Davis Cup winners almost regularly lose in the
first round the following season," Ivanisevic said.

Ivanisevic was included in Croatia's team for the final but
did not play a match.

Croatia begins the defense of the title against Austria in
Graz in February.