Martin Jaite has been officially announced by the Asociación Argentina de Tenis (AAT) as the new captain of Argentina's Davis Cup by BNP Paribas team for 2012 and 2013.
“I’m very happy. It’s a dream that I had since I retired as a player. I feel very honoured by this appointment,” declared Martin Jaite moments after being confirmed as captain for the next two years.
“Martin is a highly qualified professional, deeply involved with tennis and an expert not only on the professional circuit but also on the Argentinian Juniors, which is very important for this role thinking about the involvement of these players in Davis Cup on the long term,” said Arturo Grimaldi, president of the AAT.
Jaite will be supported in his role by the former player Mariano Zabaleta, who will serve as vice-captain. “This appointment makes me very happy. It is a project that Martin and I always wanted and today it is a reality,” said Zabaleta.
“Mariano is the best companion for this challenge. We have dreamt this for a long time, and no one would be better than him for this role. We will work to reach the best results possible,” said Jaite about Zabaleta´s appointment as vice-captain.
The AAT has also confirmed that the outgoing captain Tito Vazquez, who has led the team over the last three years, will continue to manage the Development Department of the AAT, a position that he has held since 2008.
“We are very satisfied with what Tito Vazquez has meant for the team, he has been an outstanding professional. He led the team to a semifinal and a final in three years and has left a vital legacy and a strengthening of the role of captain. That is why it is so important for us to keep enjoying his experience and his knowledge in the development area, a key department for tennis in our country,” declared Grimaldi.
Jaite also praised the figure of his predecessor. “Tito was the best captain I have ever had and I feel a lot of respect for his work with me when I was a player and for his achievements over the last years in Davis Cup.”
MARTIN JAITE PROFILE
- Jaite was born on 9 October 1964 and turned professional in 1983. His best world ranking was No. 10 in 1990.
- He has won 12 ATP titles: Buenos Aires (1985); Bolonia and Stuttgart (1986); Barcelona and Palermo (1987); Itaparica, San Pablo, Madrid and Stuttgart (1989); Gstaad and Guaruja (1990); Niza (1991).
- Jaite played another seven ATP finals and won a doubles title in Buenos Aires (1985). In Grand Slams, his best performance was reaching the Roland Garros quarterfinals (1985). He also reached the quarterfinals at the Seoul Olympics (1988).
- His Davis Cup debut was in 1984 against USA and he went on to play for nine consecutive years. He finished with win-loss records of 14-17 in singles and 0-3 in doubles. His best result came in 1990 when Argentina reached the semifinals.
- Jaite has been strongly involved in tennis since his retirement as a player, especially in the organization of tournaments and events. He has been the director of the ATP Buenos Aires tournament for the last 12 years.
Spain still waiting for new captain
The current Davis Cup champions Spain are still waiting for their new captain to be announced after the confirmation that Albert Costa will not continue in the post next year.
Costa enjoyed a highly successful spell as Davis Cup captain during his three years in the role. He led Spain to the title on two occasions, in 2009 and 2011, following wins in the Final over Czech Republic 5-0 in Barcelona and Argentina 3-1 in Seville.
The former Roland Garros champion will still be involved in Davis Cup in his new role as coordinator of the Spanish national tennis teams (Davis Cup, Fed Cup and Olympics).