9/28/12 3:07 AM | Johan Lindahl
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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