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De Jager: New era for SA tennis

South African Davis Cup captain John Laffnie De Jager is confident about the future of SA tennis.

The 2014 South African Davis Cup team. Picture: Facebook.com.

JOHANNESBURG - South African Davis Cup captain John Laffnie De Jager has told EWN Sport that tennis in South Africa is entering a new era.

De Jager's two-year extension as captain of the Davis Cup team will see him lead the side through the 2014 and 2015 competitions. Earl Grainger has been appointed captain of the Fed Cup Team.

De Jager says it's an exciting time for the sport.

"Over the last two years we've given a lot of young guys the opportunity to be part of the team. I'm excited to keep working with those young guys and help them to get more experience. We will also get input from other people that can help us, because at the end of the day we want to get everybody involved if they can help the team to win."

De Jager explains why he stepped down from his Fed Cup captain role.

"I travel overseas a lot coaching two Polish players and it was very difficult for me to perform both roles. I'm very happy for Earl because he's been a part of tennis for a long time."

De Jager says he will have very little time with the team ahead of their next cup tie in April.

Fresh from a good win against Monaco, South Africa next faces Lithuania in the Europe/Africa Zone Group 1, with the victors progressing to a promotion play-off.

De Jager says there won't be a lot of preparation time.

"Our players are playing all over the world, and we've got to get the team together very quickly to start preparing. We probably won't be able to get everyone here until the Saturday or Sunday before the tie, because that's just how the Davis Cup works. I know it's going to be a tough tie, but I'm happy it's at the Irene Country Club where we always get a lot of support."

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