World no. 5 Juan Martin del Potro had some harsh words for the Argentinian tennis federation and Davis Cup team captain Martin Jaite. In a letter addressed to the federation, Del Potro not only lashed out on their recent actions, but also stated that he would not be taking part in the first Davis Cup tie against Italy next season.
Del Potro mentioned that the federation is being far too impatient for his response and have even been contacting him during his tournaments, which has bothered the Argentine.
“I’m tired of being invited by mail or messages and at the same time you are pressuring me through certain [members of] the press, writing whether I will play Davis Cup or not, trying to let me look bad in front of public opinion,” del Potro wrote. “It seems a hypocritical double standard. The same thing happened last year, when any reply or failure to reply [on my part] was quickly known by some journalists.”Article Continues Below Ad
The Argentine expressed disappointment in his team’s lack of interest in his opinion on issues such as choosing the team captain.
“I was never consulted on the choice of captain, surfaces, offices, etc., and the one time you did it was for the series against Czech Republic in 2012, and you did not take my opinion into account.”
Del Potro last played a Davis Cup tie in 2012 and won matches against Croatia in the quarterfinals and one win in the semi-finals before losing to eventual champions Czech Republic. In the past, the “Tower of Tandil” was criticized for not taking part in the crucial third day of the tie, even though it was common knowledge that he was injured and unable to compete.
“Since I began playing Davis Cup I have only played the first series of the year once, [due to] calendar and surface issues,” he wrote. “In recent days with my team we analyzed the medical, physical and technical [issues] with very little time because of the urgent response you need. I will not play the first series against Italy.”