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Todd Woodbridge will attempt to lead Australia back into the tennis superpowers after being named Davis Cup coach.
The 38 year-old, arguably one of the best doubles players of his generation, takes on a newly-expanded, full-time position that merges a role as the national men’s coach overseeing the male player development pathway with the Davis Cup coaching job.
“I am excited by the challenge ahead. This job appealed to me because of the breadth of the scope and the chance to make a difference,” said Woodbridge, who was a member of Australia’s 1999 and 2003 Davis Cup-winning teams.
“It goes way beyond the Davis Cup and allows me to work with top players and coaches at various levels of their development.”
“We have some terrific talent in both the playing and coaching ranks and a recently improved structure that I believe can help us drive some big improvements in Australian tennis performance.”
Director of Tennis Australia, Craig Tiley said that the new role was vital if Australia was to redevelop in this sport.
“Todd brings a terrific skill set to the role. He has a wealth of recent playing experience at the elite level, has been a national coach, tournament director and is a terrific communicator on and off the court,” Tiley said.
“Even in his role in the media he has been analysing the very best in the game from close quarters. We are delighted to have him in this role.”
Australia have won the Davis Cup on 28 occasions, the latest in 2003, but were relegated for the second time in a row after losing a play-off to Chile last year.