Guga quits Brazil
Upset over the sudden change in captain, Gustavo Kuerten on Tuesday announced that he would forego Brazil's upcoming Davis Cup tie against Paraguay. In a statement, the former world number one added that the current administration at the Brazilian federation (CBT) "is doing little to develop tennis and help players."
"I have the Davis [Cup] in my blood and I'm sad not to play this time," Kuerten added pointing that he's played for his country in every fixture since 1996, barring one in 2002 when he was injured.
Guga expressed his displeasure over the sudden replacement at the end of February of Davis Cup captain Ricardo Acioly by Jaime Oncins:
"We consider that the timing is totally unappropriate," he had said at the time adding that he wished that the players had been consulted.
Kuerten, who issued his statement before flying to California to take part in the Indian Wells Masters, also pointed that Brazilian players weren't being consulted regarding home venues for the Davis Cup.
Brazil face Paraguay April 9-11in an American Zone fixture in Costa do Sauipe in the Bahia region of the northeast of the country.