Mardy Fish has been named captain of the US Davis Cup team, tasked with leading the team in a completely - and controversially - restructured event. Fish, a 37-year old former Davis Cupper himself, said in a USTA conference call on Wednesday: "Everyone is really excited about the new format, the World Cup of tennis. It's going to be interesting to all parties, to see how it goes. I think it's awesome. I was excited about the change." Starting this year, the century old team competition will be a one-week affair contested by 18 teams in late November - after the ATP Tour goes dark. Many top players have refused to commit to playing in the new Davis Cup because of the late date, especially with an resurrected ATP Cup (a similar international team event) set to launch at the start of 2020.