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.
I post this in Guga's Forum but yes, it worths to discuss in GM.
Guga has been upset with CBT for many years (as you can see how many top 50 players from Brasil compare with Argentina) and this sudden change of DC captain is the last straw.
He had openly criticised CBT (which was quite out of character for Guga) at the beginning of Brasil Open 2004 and looked like CBT has done nothing to placate or communicate the country's greatest tennis player. The good thing I read from the news is he said he would not play next DC tie but did not say never.
Hmm. This is not a good thing. In fact, with Kuerten, Brazil has quite a strong team. Now, they are not worthy of the highest division at all. What makes me wonder, is whether Gustavo would have supported Jaime Oncins, a respected former player, if the replacement had been discussed, or whether he would do everything to prevent Oncins from being the team captain.
The change of captain was not exactly sudden. When the team play DC last September vs Canada, the team had a meeting with current president of CBT. Unfortunately, the suggestions by tennis players and Ricardo Acioly were not welcome by the president Nelson Nastas. Nastas insisted he considered Acioly not doing a good job as captain before the tie but I think players believe the firing is a retailiation and warning.
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Re: Guga walks out on Brasil DC Team
Guga had a good relationsship with Oncins (they played doubles together for a very long time and he always names him as one of his idols) so I guess he would have supported Oncins as team captain if he had been asked in advance. But I really wonder what their relationsship is now after all this fuss.
Yes, clearly there are additional details on this matter that the general public is not privy to, as Guga is generally not one to make moutains out of mole hills. Hopefully Guga and the other players can successfully pressure the institution to reform its methods of operation.
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