Rafter named skipper

Former world number one Rafter is only the fifth man to captain the Australian Davis Cup team in 60 years. His appointment follows the lengthy tenures of Fitzgerald, John Newcombe, Neale Fraser and Harry Hopman.

The 37-year-old Rafter’s first major assignment is to guide Australia back into the elite World Group for the first time since 2007. His first match in charge will be an Asia-Oceania qualifier against Taiwan in March.

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