• Vilas wants to bring order to Argentine Davis Cup chaos

    9/28/12 3:07 AM | Johan Lindahl
    Vilas wants to bring order to Argentine Davis Cup chaos Beleaguered Argentine Davis Cup captain Martin Jaite might not be long for the job after just three ties, with national tennis legend Guillermo Vilas now lobbying for the post.

    It was less than a year ago that Tito Vasquez was sacked as captain in the wake of the 2011 finals loss to Spain in Seville.

    The state of South America's strongest tennis nation has been marked by disarray for some seasons, with the latest disappointment coming through a home defeat against the Czech Republic in the Davis Cup semifinals this month. During that tie - which David Nalbandian sat out injured - national No. 1 Juan Martin Del Potro re-injured his left wrist and became ineligible for the reverse singles.

    Del Potro reportedly went through the weekend without much of a word to the captain or his teammates.

    Now four-time Grand Slam winner Vilas, 59, says he is the man to bring order to the chaos. "I want to be Davis Cup captain. It's the destiny of a good player is to be a Davis Cup captain. It's a must. It can't be avoided," the man who led his nation into a first-ever Davis final 32 years ago against the US told local radio.

    Vilas said he was especially annoyed at the treatment dished out to Del Potro by fans during the losing semifinal. "It's not good to whistle in Davis Cup. As a player the first thing that you fear is to be booed by the audience. You want to be celebrated when you are nominated for Davis Cup and you must recapture that spirit."

    Vilas leads Argentines in all Davis Cup categories, including most years played (14), most ties played (29) and the most total wins (57).

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Argentinia with its depth of players to call upon has had a dismal record for the past few years. I'm sure Vilas will turn things round.

The temperament of a of the captain is crucial in building a good morale and getting the best out of a team. Playing Davis Cup seems to bring out the very best in some players but other very good players, like Gilles Simon, go to pieces. Mind you, being harangued by Guy Forget at every changeover made things worse.

ed251137 , 9/28/12 12:48 PM

It will be interesting to see how the French guys perform under the guidance of Clement who has just taken over from Forget.

ed251137 , 9/28/12 12:51 PM

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