Canada has named Frank Dancevic as its new Davis Cup captain after Martin Laurendeau left to focus on coaching Denis Shapovalov.

New Canada role for Dancevic

New Canada role for Dancevic

Laurendeau is leaving behind a role he has held on a full-time basis since 2004 to spend more time on the road with one of the brightest emerging talents in the game.

Dancevic, who was Canada's number one male player for four-and-a-half years until the emergence of Milos Raonic and Vasek Pospisil, will take the role of player-captain.

As a player, the 33-year-old led Canada to the semi-finals of the Davis Cup in 2014 and starts with a tough-looking away trip to face Croatia in Osijek next February for a World Group first-round tie.

“These are definitely big shoes to fill as Martin has been an outstanding captain for our team. No one will be able to replace him,” said Dancevic. “It is an honour for me to take on this role as the Davis Cup has always been a special and important event for me.

"I know all the players well which will be an asset for me moving forward. It is certainly a great challenge but I have tremendous confidence in this team, and I am looking forward to our next tie in February.”

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