Spain’s winning Davis Cup coaching team disbands

MADRID, Reuters

The four coaches who guided Spain to their first Davis Cup win have decided to disband, the Spanish Tennis Federation (RFET) said on Monday.

The decision by Javier Duarte, Josep Perlas, Jordi Vilaro and Juan Bautista Avendano comes just a week after an epic victory over Australia in the final in Barcelona.

That win made them, as well as the playing members of the team, national heroes but the quartet, known in Spain as the G-4, decided after a meeting in Madrid this weekend that they would call it a day.

“The project was for one year,” explained Duarte, who took the role of captain for all four World Group matches against Italy, Russia, the United States and Australia. It was not clear whether Duarte or one of the other coaches would continue as an individual or as part of another technical committee.

Spain begin their defence of their Davis Cup title with an away tie against the Netherlands in February.