Alicia Molik has been named as the new Fed Cup by BNP Paribas captain for Australia, replacing David Taylor who, after holding the position for seven years, stepped down at the end of 2012 to focus on his coaching role with Sam Stosur.
Molik played 22 Fed Cup ties for Australia between 1999 and 2010, compiling an 18-21 total win-loss record. She takes to the helm ahead of Australia’s World Group first round clash against two-time defending champions Czech Republic in Ostrava on 9-10 February.
"Dave has left big shoes to fill and I am really inspired by the challenge. It is an exciting time in Australian tennis and we have the talent in this team to produce some great results," said Molik. the former world No. 8.
"Of course we go in underdogs (to the first round tie against Czech Republic), but undaunted. These girls showed against Germany in Germany last year that they are capable of playing wonderful tennis and winning ties that no one expects them to win."
The 31-year-old won the singles bronze medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics and is a two-time grand Slam women’s doubles champion after claiming the titles at the 2005 Australian Open and 2007 Roland Garros.