Limerick’s Conor Niland has been appointed as captain of the Irish Davis Cup team for a two-year period.
The 33-year-old is Ireland’s most successful professional tennis player, reaching a career high ATP ranking of 129, and takes over from Garry Cahill in this non-playing role.
In 2011 he was the first Irish player to play at Wimbledon in 31 years and he followed that up with a first round appearance at the US Open against Novak Djokovic.
Niland played Davis Cup tennis for ten years and as recently as 2012 under the stewardship of Garry Cahill.
He retired from professional tennis in 2012 and started as coach with the BNP Paribas National Tennis Academy in Dublin City University, a role which he will remain in.
Niland said: “I am honoured to have been named the Irish Davis Cup captain.
“Representing Ireland and being in the team environment of Davis Cup is something I always loved as a player and I am delighted to have the opportunity to coach this team.”
Ireland play Belarus in the first round of the Euro/Africa Zone Group II Davis Cup by BNP Paribas in Castleknock Lawn Tennis Club on March 6-8.
Depending on first round results, Ireland could face either Turkey or South Africa in a second round match in July.
Niland succeeds Garry Cahill, who resigned from the position late last year after four years in the job.