Argentine Federation prez: I’ll "walk to Tandil" to mend fences with del Potro

by: Matt Cronin | November 19, 2013

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The president of the Argentina Tennis Association (AAT), Arturo Grimaldi, says he’s willing to “walk to Tandil” to talk to Juan Martin del Potro, who has declined to play his country’s first-round Davis Cup tie against Italy. Del Potro recently wrote a letter critical of the federation, which accused it and captain Martin Jaite of a “hypocritical double standard.” Del Potro lives in Tandil.

Grimaldi criticized himself for not having a better relationship with pro players and admitted that it’s been a long time since he spoke to Del Potro.

“I said a month ago in symbolic form: I’m walking to Tandil,” Grimaldi said in a television interview. “I mean, obviously I’m willing to have a dialogue with all the pro players. It is a policy of the AAT to take charge and make a self-criticism because we are too far away from our pro players and so many former players work for the association so we can be closer to everyone, including Juan Martin.”

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