Spain won't renew Corretja's Davis Cup contract

Thu Oct 3, 2013 7:38pm EDT
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By Iain Rogers

MADRID (Reuters) - The Spanish tennis federation (RFET) said on Thursday it had decided not to extend the contract of Davis Cup captain Alex Corretja when it expires at the end of this year but has yet to name a successor.

Former world number one Carlos Moya, who retired from the ATP Tour at the end of 2010, will take over to prepare Spain for their opening World Group tie at home to Germany at the end of January, local media reported.

Juan Carlos Ferrero, another former number one, had also been considered for the job, they added.

Corretja succeeded Albert Costa, now RFET sporting director, as Davis Cup captain after Spain's triumph against Argentina in the 2011 final.

They were runners-up to Czech Republic last year before a depleted team missing injured talisman Rafa Nadal, who was also absent from the 2012 final, suffered a surprise defeat away to Canada in the 2013 first round.

Nadal, who like Moya is from the Balearic island of Mallorca, returned to help Spain retain their elite World Group status in a playoff against Ukraine this month.

Corretja said after the 5-0 victory in Madrid he would like to continue but the federation has decided on a fresh start.

"The RFET announces that, guided by the criteria of the sporting department and with the backing of the board of directors, it has been decided not to extend Alex Corretja's contract as captain of the men's national tennis team on December 31," the federation said in a brief statement on Thursday.   Continued...

Team Spain's head coach Alex Corretja attends a news conference before the Davis Cup tennis tournament in Vancouver, British Columbia January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Ben Nelms