Austrian Davis Cup captain quits

Gilbert Schaller has announced his retirement as captain of the

Austrian Davis Cup team by the end of the season.

In a statement released Monday by the Austrian tennis

federation, Schaller says he wants ”to put all my energy into

coaching of young talents.”

The 42-year-old Schaller, who was ranked a career-high 17th as a

player in 1995, became captain in 2007 but failed to lead Austria

past the first round of the World Group.

Austria lost 3-2 to France in March and will meet an as yet

unknown opponent in the play-off series in September.

The federation says it will first talk to the team’s key players

and then present a new captain for the 2012 season ”within a

couple of weeks.”