Spanish federation made a mess of Leon appointment, says Murray

Tue Oct 28, 2014 2:01pm EDT
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By Pritha Sarkar

PARIS (Reuters) - British number one Andy Murray believes Gala Leon's appointment as Spain's Davis Cup captain was handled "horribly".

The British number one publicly congratulated Leon on Twitter when she was announced as Carlos Moya's successor in September to become Spain's first female Davis Cup captain.

Yet Rafa Nadal's coach and uncle Toni said her appointment could create problems "at dressing room level" because she had "zero relations" with the leading Spanish players.

Former Wimbledon champion Murray, who caused a stir when he chose Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo as his coach after he split with Ivan Lendl earlier this year, said he had spoken to various Spanish players about the issue.

"I have spoken to the players about it, and it sounds like the way it was handled was done horribly," Murray, who will be playing on the tour for a sixth successive week at the Paris Masters this week as he tries to secure one of the four remaining berths at the ATP Tour World Finals, said.

"It seems like the (Spanish) Federation and the players weren't getting along before the appointment was made."

Speaking to Reuters separately, he added: "None of the players were consulted about who the captain was going to be. The players wanted (Carlos) Moya to be the captain, and this year he was the captain.

"And then the players ended up not playing and not showing up so the federation were like 'if you aren't going to show up, then we'll pick whoever we want'.   Continued...

Andy Murray of Britain reacts after missing a shot during the men's singles semi-final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing October 4, 2014. REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic