Ljubicic to lead Croatia's Davis Cup defense

Updated: January 16, 2006, 5:19 PM ET
Associated Press

ZAGREB, Croatia -- Ivan Ljubicic agreed to be a player-captain when Croatia begins defense of its Davis Cup title against Austria next month.

Nikki Pilic and Goran Ivanisevic turned down the job, said Radimir Cacic, head of the Croatian Tennis Federation, on Monday.

Ljubicic helped Croatia win the Davis Cup for the first time last month. He will lead the team only for the Feb. 10-12 matches, Cacic said.

Pilic stepped down after becoming the first to captain two nations to the Davis Cup crown. He led Germany to success in 1988, 1989 and 1993.

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