Mardy Fish has been named the new United States Davis Cup captain, replacing Jim Courier. The 37-year-old won six career singles titles during his 15-year career and reached as high as No. 7 in the world.
"Mardy is a terrific choice to be the new captain," Courier said. "His unbridled passion for the job and qualifications are excellent. He has the backing of the current players, is an experienced Davis Cup player in singles and doubles and has spent time working with the USTA player development team in Carson as a coach. That skill set should serve him very well in leading the team."
Fish won a silver medal at the 2004 Olympic Games and played in 11 Davis Cup ties during his career with a 7-7 singles and 4-1 doubles record.
"It's been something that is a dream job for me something I won’t take for granted," Fish said. "I’m complete honored and it's just incredibly special even to be just mentioned as a possible captain. To be the next Davis Cup captain, I’m just incredible humbled."
After retiring in 2015, he has dabbled in a golf career and worked as a broadcaster and coach. He's been busy raising money with the Mardy Fish Children's Foundation, and he's a huge advocate of mental health after dealing with a severe anxiety disorder during the peak of his career in 2012.
"I thank God for the support system that I had because who knows where I'd be. I've certainly got a great grasp on it—it's been a lot of years," Fish said. "It's something that I'll always have in my life and always have to deal with it. Mental health is a huge part of a lot of people' lives, millions and millions in this country and around the world."
The Twitter-sphere was happy to hear the news:
Couldn’t be happier for one of my closest friends .... He will do a great job and is deserving! https://t.co/oN6op3b4Vp— andyroddick (@andyroddick) January 9, 2019
I am excited to welcome @MardyFish as the 41st #TeamUSATennis @DavisCup captain! I cannot wait to see what the future has in store under Mardy’s leadership! ???????? https://t.co/4uAWyek5I9 pic.twitter.com/wL9pxn8G66— Patrick Galbraith (@PGalbraithUSTA) January 9, 2019
Covered Mardy Fish throughout his career. Think he'll make a fine U.S. Davis Cup captain. He's a people person who has been through plenty of personal struggle. Has the tools to teach and relate to the younger set, and it helps that he's still just 37— Christopher Clarey (@christophclarey) January 9, 2019
The Davis Cup this year will be wildly different thanks to a brand-new format. Team USA will next compete in November in the 18-team event in Madrid. Since the job is no longer a year-long ordeal, Fish will work closely with the USTA Player Development program.