Tennis-Mexico name Davis Cup team after prominent players snub Taiwan tie


  • Tennis
  • Wednesday, 01 Feb 2023

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The Mexican Tennis Federation (FMT) said on Tuesday that next week's Davis Cup tie against Taiwan is still on despite prominent players from the country refusing to play over differences with the governing body.

Mexico's leading tennis players released a statement on Monday pointing to dissatisfaction with the FMT, due to issues including a lack of communication and planning.

Led by Santiago Gonzalez, Alejandro Hernandez and Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela, the players said they would not take part in the Feb. 4-5 Group I playoff tie in Metepec, State of Mexico.

The FMT, who named its team on Tuesday to face Taiwan, said five players who signed the statement - Alejandro Hernandez, Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela, Lucas Gomez, Gerardo Lopez and Manuel Sanchez - were not eligible to participate anyway due to their ranking.

"...these players have not been participating consistently in an ATP circuit, so they do not have a current ranking and their participation was not viable," the FMT said.

Reyes-Varela and Lopez were both in the Mexico team that played Bosnia in September.

The Mexican team to play Taiwan includes 23-year-old Alan Rubio and 33-year-old Cesar Ramirez, 866 and 1220 in the ATP rankings respectively.

The other players on the team are Isaac Arevalo, Mario Alberto Duron, Luciano Alcocer and Armando Sotelo.

(Reporting by Angelica Medina in Mexico City; Editing by Toby Davis)

Follow us on our official WhatsApp channel for breaking news alerts and key updates!
   

Next In Tennis

Tennis-Wimbledon 2024 prize money: how much do winners of men's, women's and doubles finals get?
Tennis-Djokovic to play Wimbledon but only if he feels he can challenge for the title
ATP roundup: Marcos Giron beats defending champ at Eastbourne
Tennis-Lucky loser Niemeier knocks out top seed Sakkari at Bad Homburg
Tennis-Sinner more confident ahead of Wimbledon after first grasscourt title
Tennis-Alcaraz plans ATP talks over 'new' shot clock rule after defeat at Queen's
ATP roundup: Jack Draper jolts Carlos Alcaraz in London
Tennis-Holder Alcaraz dumped out of Queen's by Draper in straight sets
Tennis-Muchova set for return after injury with Wimbledon and Olympics on her mind
Tennis-Andy Murray forced to retire at Queen's due to injury

Others Also Read