Tennis: Rosol to lead Czechs against Aussies in Davis Cup

Czech Republic's Lukas Rosol plays a shot during his men's singles match against France's Kenny De Schepper on day one of the 2015 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on Jan 19, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP
Czech Republic's Lukas Rosol plays a shot during his men's singles match against France's Kenny De Schepper on day one of the 2015 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on Jan 19, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP

PRAGUE (AFP) - Lukas Rosol will spearhead the Czech Republic's team for the Davis Cup World Group first round match with Australia from March 6-8 in Ostrava, team captain Jaroslav Navratil announced on Monday.

Rosol, ranked 30th in the world, will be the highest-ranked player after world number 8 Tomas Berdych said he would give the match a miss.

Both Berdych and veteran Radek Stepanek, who is injured, were pivotal players in the Davis Cup winning teams of 2012 and 2013.

Switzerland replaced them as champions last year.

Rosol, who was in a similar position in last year's quarter-finals which resulted in a 5-0 thrashing of Japan, will be joined by Jiri Vesely, ranked 46th in the world.

Two players ranked lower than 200 make up the team, in Adam Pavlasek and Jan Mertl.