Guillermo Coria and Mercedes Paz were confirmed today to continue one more year as captains of the Argentine teams of Davis cup and Billie Jean King Cupso they will lead the national delegation in the Olympic Games Paris 2024, despite erratic efforts that were somewhat far from the objectives set in recent seasons and versions that indicated their respective exits.
The president of the Argentine Tennis Association, Agustín Callericommented that “the two are doing a great job, the results of which will be seen in the near future.”
“Mercedes has been a fundamental part in the growth of national women’s tennis in recent years,” she said in reference to the task that the former tennis player from Tucumán has been carrying out since 2019.
From that year to the present, the women’s team accumulated 14 wins and 6 losses, while increasing the number of representatives in the WTA ranking to 34.
In an interview with Télam, the Pan American medalist stated that “this started five years ago, when we saw the need to hold more tournaments here.”
“Today, for the third consecutive year, there have been more than seven, and in 2023 fifteen. For the girls it is very valuable to get their points in the country, and then go compete in the world with a ranking,” he remarked.
For his part, Coria, in office since 2021, has two wins and four losses, and in February 2024 he will host Kazakhstan for the Davis Cup Qualifiers. In the last series in September against Lithuania, her future was uncertain and the names of her possible successors were even rumored, according to versions accessed by Ámbito.
The duo captained the Argentine tennis delegation at the Santiago de Chile 2023 Pan American Games, and will do the same at next year’s Olympic event in Paris.
Both captains went through moments of turbulence with internal storms and sporting failures. While Coria reached the group stage of the 2022 Davis Cup Finals with clear defeats against Sweden, Italy and Croatia, which generated a fight between team leaders and new talents, Paz lacked the necessary leadership in last year’s playoff against Brazil, in Tucumán.
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