There they are, for the first time, Gastón Gaudio and Guillermo Coria. Protagonistas does not so much of one of the most polarized duels of national tennis -with fans of one and another-, now they joined to make an announcement: which will be the team that will play its first series as captains of Argentina in the Davis Cup. This old Davis Cup that will be dismissed at the end of the year to make way for the World Cup for which Gerard Piqué landed with his millions in tennis and will begin to play in 2019 in Madrid.
In an ad that combined some jokes and the emotion of Gastón Gaudio in his thanks to the conduction of the AAT ("it was my dream to be captain", confessed the Cat), there were no surprises; the names to face Colombia at the Aldo Cantoni stadium in San Juan (from September 14 to 16) were known. With Diego Schwartzman as the team's axis, in the absence of Juan Martín Del Potro, the quartet will complete it Guido Pella and the doubles Máximo González and Horacio Zeballos.
Gaudio took advantage of the meeting to show his alignment with the new leadership of Argentine tennis, headed by Agustín Calleri. He said he had had a chance to be a Davis Cup captain before, but that he felt more comfortable having made a commitment to the current managers. And he rounded off, in what also seemed to be a nod to his approach to Coria: "Argentine tennis comes together for good for the first time".
Since Delpo He managed to win the Davis Cup in Zagreb, two years ago, the Argentine team had to get used to playing without him. And that was when the Small He took charge of the leadership, as the second tennis racket in Argentina.
Currently ranked 13th in the ATP ranking, Schwartzman won one of the two titles he has in his career this year. At the beginning of the year, in Rio de Janeiro, the Spaniard Fernando Verdasco won in the final in straight sets.
After that, his best performance was also on clay and it was at Roland Garros, when Rafael Nadal put a brake on his walk in the quarterfinals. He repeated that instance in Hamburg – where he was eliminated by Leo Mayer, then a finalist – while in the recent US Open he could not make it to the second week because on Saturday he was taken out by Kei Nishikori when he was looking for the round of 16.
This year in the Davis Cup, meanwhile, was present in San Juan for the series against Chile, the semifinals of group 1, and won his two games: against Nicolas Jarry (6-4 and 6-4) and against Christian Garín (7-6, 6-7 and 6-2). In total, finally, he played in five series and won the last three of the six singles he played. In his presentation, he lost to Brazil in 2015 in the doubles he joined with Carlos Berlocq.
Guido Pella, for his part, has just finished his first experience in a third round in New York at the last Grand Slam of the year. Located in the 66th position of the ranking, the Bahiense is one of the players that was champion of the Davis Cup, since he joined the team of Daniel Orsanic that won Croatia.
The best performance in the southpaw circuit during this year was achieved in July in Umag, when he reached the final, while at the beginning of the year, in Doha, he had reached the semi-finals of the ATP 250. In Davis Cup, meanwhile, he played six series, won three singles and lost four and integrated two doubles, with a defeat (this year's against Chile with Máximo González) and a victory.
Exactly, González (53 ° of the doubles ranking) will also appear in this first team of Gaudio, Coria and Guillermo Cañas (absent for being in the United States), along with Horacio Zeballos, the great return. Marplatense, 32nd in the world in the specialty, had been in the Davis Cup for the last time in 2014. He formed the doubles with Eduardo Schwank, who lost to the Italian duo of Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli in the first round of the group world. In total, he played eight series with a total of five wins and five losses.