- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 27, 2011

MADRID (AP) - Defending champion Spain has hired former French Open finalist Alex Corretja as its new Davis Cup captain.

The Spanish tennis federation said Tuesday that Corretja has a two-year contract. He replaces Albert Costa, who left this month after leading Spain to two Davis Cup titles in three years.

Corretja will be presented as the new captain Wednesday. He calls his appointment an “honor and huge responsibility.”

Corretja was ranked as high as No. 2 as a player and reached the final at Roland Garros in 1998 and 2001. He worked as a part-time coaching consultant for Andy Murray until this past March.