• 2018. Croatia demolishes France and conquers its second Davis Cup

The Croatian Tennis Federation (HTS) has dismissed Zeljko Krajan , captain of the Davis Cup team since 2012, when there are only nine days left before the team defends the title in Madrid, in a final phase in which it will cross with Spain and Russia. "We have decided that the selection does not go to the final phase of the Davis Cup in Madrid under the direction of coach Krajan, so we have agreed with him to suspend our cooperation," explains a statement posted on the federation's website.

That note confirms that Ivo Karlovic will not be on the team, the tennis player who was supposed to replace the best Croatian player, Marin Cilic , who on Thursday announced that due to a knee injury he would not participate in the tournament. "After the cancellation of Marin Cilic due to the injury, and the impossibility of participation of Ivo Karlovic, the decision has been to go to the Davis Cup in Madrid with young players with whom we want and can build the future of the tennis team Croatian, "the statement said.

Waiting for the relay

It is not mentioned which players it is and who could be the new coach, but the HTS promises to give more details at a press conference on Monday, one day before the team's trip to Madrid.

The sports newspaper Sportske Novosti states that Cilic's replacement will be Nino Serdarusic , 22, or Borna Gojo , 21, and that some veteran tennis player could be temporarily appointed as coach for the Madrid tournament. Croatia will defend the title in Madrid on November 18 against Russia, and on 20, against Spain. The Croatian team is currently made up of Borna Coric, Mate Pavic, Nikola Mektic and Ivan Dodig .

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