Mexico’s leading tennis players on Monday announced they would not play in next week’s Davis Cup World Group playoff tie against Taiwan due to differences with the Mexican Tennis Federation (FMT).
Led by Santiago Gonzalez, Alejandro Hernandez and Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela, the players said they would not play in the 5 Group I playoff tie in Metepec, Mexico, on Saturday and Sunday.
“After a difficult deliberation, we have not reached a positive conclusion, so we have decided not to participate in the upcoming series against the Chinese Taipei team,” the players said in a statement published on social media.
“The lack of communication, lack of planning and lack of interest show that the situation has not been handled in the right way and that personal interests have taken precedence over sporting ones,” it said. “It is sad that the FMT does not have the minimum standards in dealing and planning with the best national representatives.”
The players said they had already informed the federation of their reasons for not participating in the Davis Cup tie.
The statement was also signed by Ernesto Escobedo, Lucas Gomez, Hans Hach, Gerardo Lopez and Manuel Sanchez.
The FMT was not immediately available to comment.
The Mexican team was to play Taiwan’s Tseng Chun-hsin, the country’s highest-ranked player on the ATP Tour at No. 110 and who most recently competed in the Australian Open, as well as Wu Tung-ling, Hsu Yu-hsiou, Jason Jung and Huang Tsung-hao.
Additional reporting by staff writer
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