World No. 5 Juan Martin del Potro has revealed that he will not be participating in Davis Cup competition during the remainder of the 2014 season. The former US champion released a statement detailing the reasons behind his decision, stating that the Argentinian Tennis Federation has made to attempt to resolve the disagreement between between them.
“Last November, I rendered public a letter in which I showed my disagreement with the reigning double speech and hypocrisy surrounding the Davis Cup.” del Potro said in a statement translated by BATennisworld.com. “Since then, nothing changed. I only got worse. Profound changes are necessary in order to fix the mistakes that have been repeating themselves during all those years.
I will not allow that my name be used to justify resignations that only serve as a cover-up. I’ve never asked for a captain and I’ve always respected the others’ decisions, despite them not respecting me.”
Due to those reasons, the top Argentinian player has chosen to make a stand and not partake in any Davis Cup competition this season. The last time Del Potro represented Argentina in Davis Cup was back in 2012 in Buenos Aires.
“Out of consideration for the people who follow me, for those who enjoy tennis, for those who have recollection and know what I did in the Davis Cup and the Olympic Games; out of consideration for the silent majority who like this sport, and are far from insulting rivals or penalising anyone from their country, I will not play Davis Cup for the rest of 2014.”
Argentina lost in the first round of the Davis Cup World group to Italy this year.