Vilas wants to be Argentine Davis Cup captain

by: Matt Cronin September 24, 2012

Former No. 1 Guillermo Vilas tells 2 de Punta de radio Concepto that he would like to become captain of Argentina’s Davis Cup team, even though Martin Jaite has indicated that he will come back to captain the squad in 2013.

“I want to be Davis Cup captain," four-time Grand Slam champion Vilas said. “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 Argentine team was mired in controversy after it lost at home to the Czech Republic in the semifinals. Top player Juan Martin del Potro was said not have communicated with his teammates and did not play the fourth match against Tomas Berdych due to injury. Fans apparently booed when they heard that del Potro had pulled out.

“It’s not good to whistle in Davis Cup,” Vilas said, "[but] tennis is a sport of codes and when you break one, there is no communication and you do not receive the advice that you need. 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 said that if del Potro does not agree with the Argentine Tennis Association about keeping Jaite as captain then there is a potential problem. "You have to sit with a captain whom you don’t know, who is appointed by the association, and that you don’t like,” said Vilas.

Vilas does not expect to get the captaincy because he said he is not part of the association’s leadership block.

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