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Tennis | Davis Cup

Niki Pilic © Reuters

Pilic wont return as German captain



Niki Pilic, who captained Germany to its three Davis Cup titles, on Thursday ruled out a return to the job in the wake of Patrik Kuehnen's resignation.

"I have done it for many years, I am not interested," Pilic told dpa. "(But) I can give advice if I am asked."

Pilic, 73, captained Germany to the trophy in the prestigious men's tennis team event in 1988, 1989 (both with Boris Becker) and 1993 (Michael Stich). He also captained Croatia to its only title in 2005 and was an advisor when Serbia won the event in 2010.

Kuehnen resigned on Wednesday after 10 years at the helm, stating lack of support from the German Tennis Federation DTB. He also fell out with top player Philipp Kohlschreiber.

The DTB aims to find a successor before the end of the year. Former player Carsten Arriens, 43, has been mentioned as a candidate as he appears to have a good standing in the German tennis community.

Kuehnen led Germany to a 3-2 victory over Australia in a World Group play-off in September. His successor faces a difficult first-round tie in Argentina February 1-3, 2013.

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