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http://www.cnn.com/2005/SPORT/07/27/tennis.swiss/index.html?section=cnn_latest

Rosset axed as Swiss Davis captain

Wednesday, July 27, 2005; Posted: 1:19 p.m. EDT (17:19 GMT)

GENEVA, Switzerland -- Marc Rosset has been sacked as Switzerland's Davis Cup captain.

The team no longer had the "indispensable" confidence in their 34-year-old captain, Swiss Tennis said in a statement just two months before the play-off against Britain.

Three times Wimbledon champion Roger Federer broke the news to Rosset.

"The decision was taken unanimously and I explained it to Marc," Federer said.

"It was motivated by internal reasons. We all have a lot of respect for Marc as a person and a top level athlete with huge achievements. He is and will remain a great personality in Swiss tennis."

Switzerland and Britain face-off on September 23 in Geneva to try to stay in the top flight of the Davis Cup.

A successor for Rosset, who was captain since 2002, has not been named. Coaches Ivo Werner and Pierre Paganini will act as technical directors in the interim.

Switzerland, without Federer, lost their first round Davis Cup tie against the Netherlands in March.

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I am surprised Roger broke the news to Marc. I would have thought the head of the Swiss Federation would do that kind of thing. Internal reasons? Obviously something was disagreed on. I know there was some bad feeling when Jakob Hlasek was sacked as well.
 

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Internal reasons means the players didn't like him. And that's understandable ;)
 

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didnt federer once lead a gang up agaisnt one of the past captains that led to a sacking?im sure i read sumin about it once. anyone know anything about it?
 

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Saumon said:
yeah jakob hlasek
really? do you know the reasons? and was it just federer, or the whole crew? it wldnt suprise me if it was just federer, coz wot federer wants, federer gets. :devil:
 

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Actually, wasn't Hlasek sacked because of problems with Rosset (who Hlasek did not include in the squad, something Federer highly disagreed with)?
 

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Dirk said:
Roger and Rosset are pals so I don't know what happened.
i dont think roger had the final say in wether rosset was sacked or not. he may have even disagreed with the decision.
 

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Well maybe he was fired because he failed to win a single Davis Cup in his tenure as captain. Everyone knows, it's the captains fault if the team loses, and that it has absolutely nothing to do with the quality of players on the team. I mean c'mon a good captain would have gotten a team comprised of Stanislaw Wawrinka, George Bastl and world renowned Marco Chiudinelli past the Netherlands. A great captain, would have taken this team all the way to the title. With the excellence of Federer, it's obvious the Swiss will no longer settle for anything less than the greatest.
 

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This German article (from Switzerland) explains more about the issue. Sorry, I can't write what it says in English, because I don't have much time,,,, I hope someone else is kind to help....

from www.sfdrs.ch


Rosset abserviert

Das Schweizer Davis Cup-Team wird die Playoff-Partie gegen Grossbritannien vom 23. bis 25. September in Genf ohne Captain Marc Rosset (34) bestreiten.

Rossets Freistellung wurde von den Teammitgliedern gemeinsam beschlossen. Laut der Medienmitteilung von Swiss Tennis hätten diese festgestellt, dass die für eine weitere Zusammenarbeit erforderliche Vertrauensbasis nicht mehr vorhanden war. Die technische Führung des Teams übernehmen vorderhand Coach Ivo Werner und Konditionstrainer Pierre Paganini. Der von der Sportinformation kontaktierte Davis-Cup-Pressechef Marcel Hauck erklärte, ein erster «Vorentscheid» gegen Rosset sei schon im April nach der verlorenen Erstrunden-Partie gegen Holland von den in Freiburg anwesenden Spielern gefällt worden.

Einstimmiger Entscheid
«Der Entscheid ist einstimmig zustande gekommen, und ich habe diesen Marc erläutert», sagte der Schweizer Teamleader und Weltranglisten-Erste Roger Federer. Die Gründe hierfür seien teamintern. «Wir alle haben grossen Respekt vor Marc Rosset als Person und seinen Leistungen. Er ist und bleibt eine grosse Persönlichkeit des Schweizer Tennis», sagte Federer über den Olympiasieger von 1992 in Barcelona.

Rosset extrem enttäuscht

«Roger nahm schnell Kontakt mit den anderen Spielern auf. Seine Meinung teilte sich mit derjenigen der anderen», sagte Hauck. Federer und Swiss-Tennis-Präsidentin Christine Ungricht informierten Rosset, der in den Ferien weilt, in zwei Telefonaten über die einschneidende personelle Änderung. «Es ist uns bewusst, dass es nicht ideal war, so lange mit der Bekanntgabe des Entscheids zu warten. Aber weil Federer so lange abwesend war (Wimbledon, Ferien. -- d.Red.) war keine frühere Kommunikation möglich», so Hauck. Laut dem Schwyzer zeigte sich Rosset über seine Absetzung extrem enttäuscht, aber wenig überrascht.

Positive Bilanz
Rosset bestritt als Spieler 58 Davis-Cup-Partien und führte die Schweiz 1992 in den Final gegen die USA. Als Captain stand der schlaksige Romand dem Team seit der gewonnenen Barrage in Marokko im September 2002 in sieben Begegnungen (4:3 Siege) als Captain vor. In dieser Funktion ersetzte er den tödlich verunglückten Peter Carter

Zweiter abgesetzter Captain
Damit wurde bei Swiss Tennis zum zweiten Mal ein Davis-Cup- Captain in der laufenden Saison abgesetzt. Dies war schon 1992 der Fall gewesen, als Roland Stadler kurz vor dem Finalspiel in Fort Worth gegen die USA durch Dimitri Sturdza ersetzt wurde. Die Entmachtung Rossets kam nicht ganz überraschend. Seit einigen Monaten stand der Genfer immer wieder in der Kritik. Seitens der Spieler wurden offenbar vor allem zwei Punkte bemängelt: Rossets Absenz während gewissen Trainings vor dem Duell mit Holland im März 2005 und seine zu engen Beziehungen mit der Vermarktungsagentur, die für die Organisation der Schweizer Davis-Cup-Heimspiele verantwortlich ist. (si)
 

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and in French (Swiss) www.tsr.ch


Marc Rosset n'est plus capitaine de l'équipe de Suisse de Coupe Davis

La décision a été prise par l'équipe

Pour le barrage qui l’opposera à l’Angleterre du 23 au 25 septembre 2005, l’équipe suisse de Coupe Davis se présentera sans Marc Rosset. Cette décision a été prise par l’équipe dans son ensemble quand il est apparu que la confiance, base indispensable d’une collaboration fructueuse, n’existait plus entre elle et son capitaine. Or, l’équipe doit être soudée si elle veut réussir son rendez-vous crucial avec la Grande-Bretagne et défendre sa place dans le groupe mondial.

«La décision a été prise à l’unanimité, et je l’ai expliquée à Marc», souligne le leader de l’équipe Roger Federer. «Elle a été motivée par des raisons à l’intérieur de l’équipe. Nous éprouvons tous beaucoup de respect pour Marc Rosset en tant que personne et en tant qu’athlète de pointe aux nombreux accomplissements.

Successeur pas encore connu

Il est et il restera une grande personnalité du tennis suisse.» On ignore encore pour l’instant qui succédera à Marc Rosset, la décision a été remise à plus tard. La direction technique de l’équipe sera assurée par le coach Ivo Werner et par l’entraîneur de la condition physique Pierre Paganini.

Rosset (34 ans), qui avait mené l'équipe de Suisse en finale de la Coupe Davis en 1992 en tant que joueur, occupait le poste de capitaine depuis le barrage de septembre 2002 remporté sur la terre battue de Casablanca face au Maroc. Il avait été intronisé après le décès de Peter Carter, qui était le patron de l'équipe même si le règlement lui interdisait d'endosser la fonction de capitaine. Le champion olympique de Barcelone a officié sur la chaise durant sept rencontres, menant l'équipe à la victoire à quatre reprises.

En sursis depuis quelques mois

Comme en 1992, lorsque Roland Stadler avait été remplacé par Dimitri Sturdza juste avant la finale de Fort-Worth contre les Etats-Unis, l'équipe de Suisse a donc changé de capitaine en cours de saison.

Rosset était en sursis depuis quelques mois. Le Genevois était l'objet de deux reproches majeurs de la part des joueurs: son absence lors de certains entraînements avant la rencontre contre les Pays-Bas en mars à Fribourg et des relations jugées trop étroites avec la société Grand Chelem, qui a la charge notamment d'organiser les rencontres de l'équipe de Suisse.
 

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Are Davis and Fed Cup Coaches just there to be mentors to the players on court?
 

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1sun said:
didnt federer once lead a gang up agaisnt one of the past captains that led to a sacking?im sure i read sumin about it once. anyone know anything about it?
Yup. Just not sure abt details. i think it was for peter carter? correct me if i am wrong.
 

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Federer tells coach he's sacked

From correspondents in Geneva
28jul05

MARC Rosset has been sacked as Switzerland's Davis Cup captain.

Rosset, 34, lost the support of his players, including Roger Federer, Switzerland's tennis federation said overnight.

The team no longer had the "indispensable" confidence in their captain, Swiss Tennis said in a statement just two months before the Davis Cup play-off with Britain.

Three times Wimbledon champion Federer broke the news to Rosset.

"The decision was taken unanimously and I explained it to Marc," he said.


"It was motivated by internal reasons. We all have a lot of respect for Marc as a person and a top level athlete with huge achievements. He is and will remain a great personality in Swiss tennis."

Switzerland and Britain meet here on September 23 to try to stay in the top flight of the Davis Cup.

A successor for Rosset, captain since 2002, has not been named. Team coaches Ivo Werner and Pierre Paganini will act as technical directors in the interim.

Switzerland, without Federer, lost its first round tie with the Netherlands in March.

http://www.theadvertiser.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5936,16074283%5E23216,00.html
 

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seleshfan said:
Well maybe he was fired because he failed to win a single Davis Cup in his tenure as captain. Everyone knows, it's the captains fault if the team loses, and that it has absolutely nothing to do with the quality of players on the team. I mean c'mon a good captain would have gotten a team comprised of Stanislaw Wawrinka, George Bastl and world renowned Marco Chiudinelli past the Netherlands. A great captain, would have taken this team all the way to the title. With the excellence of Federer, it's obvious the Swiss will no longer settle for anything less than the greatest.
Wouldn't it help if you got your facts right? Considering Switzerland made the semis in 2003 and Rosset was the captain there, so that means that he did win a match

Good to know that you're serious a team with the Stan the Man not in any form at that time, Bastl who hadn't won a match in years and Chiundelli were expected to win. I love your sense of humour.
 

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Wouldn't it help if you got your facts right? Considering Switzerland made the semis in 2003 and Rosset was the captain there, so that means that he did win a match

Good to know that you're serious a team with the Stan the Man not in any form at that time, Bastl who hadn't won a match in years and Chiundelli were expected to win. I love your sense of humour.
I'm glad that you like my sense of humor, and I love the way you respond to things I never say. When did I say that Rosset never had a victory in Davis Cup? I said that he never actually won thee Davis Cup....you know that big Cup thingy they get if they win all the rounds? :)
 

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seleshfan said:
I'm glad that you like my sense of humor, and I love the way you respond to things I never say. When did I say that Rosset never had a victory in Davis Cup? I said that he never actually won thee Davis Cup....you know that big Cup thingy they get if they win all the rounds? :)
You're even funnier than I thought, if you think that's a reason that Rosset was sacked. Like Switzerland were going to win a Davis Cup within the last 3 years.
 

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GeorgeWHitler said:
You're even funnier than I thought, if you think that's a reason that Rosset was sacked. Like Switzerland were going to win a Davis Cup within the last 3 years.
:haha: And who was it that said you had no sense of humor?
 
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