ATP Tour

Nadal leads criticism of federation

2015-06-29 13:21
Rafa Nadal (AFP)

What's better: Speed or Instinct? Who's better: Novak Djokovic or Maria Sharapova? To answer this question once and for all, both HEAD Tennis players meet in a contest with three rounds of slightly different kinds of tennis.

Barcelona - Rafa Nadal and David Ferrer along with other high-profile figures in Spanish tennis have signed an open letter criticising their federation over the poor running of the sport in the latest development of an ongoing feud.

A total of 44 people put their name on Sunday to a seven-point statement that hit out at general poor organisation along with a lack of transparency by the Spanish federation (RFET).

It emphasised the "chaotic" and "belligerent" way that the federation is led by president Jose Luis Escanuela and asks that the "necessary authorities" take swift action to remedy the situation.

The letter comes on the back of claims in local media that the nation's first female Davis Cup captain Gala Leon offered her resignation following continued disapproval of her appointment last September, but it was not accepted by the federation.

Nadal was among those who reacted with disbelief at the RFET's naming of Leon, who had a career-high ranking of 27 as a player, to replace Carlos Moya.

It has led to accusations of sexism and Nadal himself admitted over the weekend that the controversy is tarnishing the image of Spanish tennis.

"The situation is terrible," Nadal told a news conference ahead of the Wimbledon.

"All these things that are happening cause damage to tennis, to the desire sponsors might have to invest in our sport, to the excitement that kids might have in continuing to play," added the 14-times grand slam champion.

There has also been a standoff between the government sports council (CSD), which has questioned Leon's appointment, and Escanuela.

Spain's disciplinary committee for sports (TAD) last week suspended Escanuela for one month for failing to collaborate in a probe into the federation's finances.

The CSD says it is attempting to track down what happened to at least $775 140 the RFET paid out in transactions linked to the Spanish Tennis Foundation and the Spanish Tennis Observatory.

Read more on:    david ferrer  |  rafa nadal  |  tennis

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk


Which is your favourite Grand Slam of the year?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.