December 12, 2013
Del Potro refuses to play Davis Cup 2013
Juan Martín Del Potro, top-seeded tennis player in Argentina, resigned to the Davis Cup 2013, after a crossfire with the team's captain, Martín Jaite.
The number seven player in the global ranking announce that the decision he took "was not easy" and that it was based in his intention to "give a priority to the objectives in the ATP circuit," sub-captain Mariano Zabatela told the press.
"I've had a great last quarter of the yet, playing against important players such as (Novak) Djokovic, (Andy) Murray, and achieving this place is huge and that's why I want to fight into the top-seeded players," Del Potro added.
"I spoke with (Martín) Jaite and (Mariano) Zabaleta and I told them my decision. My target is to win another Grand Slam and be number one," the winner of the US Open 2009 assured.
During an improvised press conference at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club, the player from Tandil city showed he was not feeling comfortable with the Argentine team due to the crossfire with Jaite, which was tougher after the semis lost against Czech Republic in Buenos Aires.
Regarding the people's reaction to this issue, the player stated that "I know some will be pissed off, they won't understand, but I can't make everybody happy, this are decision and today I'm heading the other way."
The players summoned to face Germany in the first Davis' series are Juan "Pico" Mónaco, David Nalbandian, Horacio Zeballos, Carlos Berlocq, Leonardo Mayer and Eduardo Schwank.