With 38 drafts and 78 Davis Cup appearances, Jürgen Melzer is an active Austrian record holder. The President of the Austrian Tennis Association, Magnus Brunner, was convinced of Melzer: “It’s just his competition. There is no other person in this country who embodies and lives the Davis Cup so much. So we hope that he will pass this spirit on to the team. ” The ÖTV president, who is also Austria’s new finance minister, also thanked Koubek that he “always carried out his work as captain with full commitment and passion”.
For Melzer, the Davis Cup has always been an affair of the heart: “There is nothing greater than representing your country. Now that I can no longer do that as a player, it’s an absolute honor to lead the team as captain. I am sure that my enthusiasm for this competition will create a positive atmosphere, ”emphasized the Lower Austrian (38). Melzer ended his active career that year.
But Koubek wants to stay with the team. The new captain is also pleased: “With his know-how we will be able to achieve a lot together” Koubek took over the ÖTV team in 2015 from Clemens Trimmel. The latest highlight was the first-time participation in the final tournament, in which they lost to Serbia and Germany in Innsbruck in November without Thiem.