PRAGUE -- Vladimir Safarik has taken over as captain of the Czech Republic's Davis Cup team for this week's final against Serbia after Jaroslav Navratil was hospitalized with a blood clot.
Navratil guided the Czechs to the country's first Davis Cup title as an independent nation with a 3-2 victory over Spain last year in Prague. He has been in charge since 2006.
Navratil was hospitalized last week with a pulmonary embolism, a blood clot in the lung.
Safarik, a former tennis coach, is the director of a company that organizes the Czech team's Davis Cup matches. He was the captain of the Fed Cup team in 1992.
Navratil calls Safarik "the right person" to take over.