Dominik Utzinger to coach Sri Lanka Davis Cup team


By Revata S. Silva

Former ATP and Davis Cup player for Switzerland, Dominik Utzinger, 49, will visit Sri Lanka next week to train this year’s Sri Lanka Davis Cup team for the February 1-3 Asia-Oceania Zone Group-II Round 1 tie against fancied Pakistan, to be staged in Colombo, the Sri Lanka Tennis Association source revealed on Thursday, January 10.

Utzinger, one time 280th ranked in the world, has coached the Sri Lanka team for the Davis Cup at least on two occasions earlier between 2006-10.

He has been the head coach of the Asian Tennis Academy in Bangkok, Thailand where Sri Lanka’s leading player Harshana Godamanna underwent extensive fulltime training while taking part in ITF Futures events. During that time Godamanna earned a below 1,000 ATP world rank, a rare feat by a Sri Lankan.

One of the top Swiss Singles and Doubles players during the 1980s –he was an Australian Open Mixed Doubles semi-finalist in 1986 partnering Jolissain— Dominik has later coached world No.1 Roger Federer, the legendary Swiss player, when Federer was a junior at "Old Boys," a tennis club situated in Basel, Switzerland.

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