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Del Potro rules himself out of Davis Cup

Tandil native Juan Martín Del Potro has announced that he will not be available for Argentina's play-off to avoid relegation from the Davis Cup World Group, after reiterating his criticisms of the Argentine Tennis Association (AAT) in a strongly-worded open letter.

The world No. 5 warned that "profound changes are needed to correct the mistakes that have been repeated for so many years," in the management of the Argentina tennis team.

Making clear his disenchantment with those in charge of the AAT, Del Potro ruled out the chance of him taking part in September's play-off, which Argentina will have to win in order to stay in the top group of the international tournament against an opponent yet to be determined.

"In November I made public a letter in which I showed my disappointment with the doublespeak and hypocrisy that reigns with regards to the Davis Cup. From that point nothing has changed, it has only got worse," the tennis star fired in his missive.

Del Potro maintained that he would not allow his name to be used "in order to justify resignations that only serve as a cover," and assured that he had never requested a captain and always respected "other people's decisions."

"Out of respect for those who follow me, who enjoy tennis, who have memories and know what I have done in the Davis Cup and Olympics, out of respect for the silent majority that enjoy the sport and are far from those who insult rivals or punish someone from their country, I will not play the Davis Cup in 2014," he underlined.
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