"I want to share my disappointment and discomfort with the Spanish Federation...It is very ungrateful to take over the helm during a storm and be taken away after you reach the calm", Grand Slam winner and five time Fed Cup winner, now former Davis and Fed Cup Captain Conchita Martinez, said after receiving her 'walking' papers from captaincy.
Everyone is shaking their heads in disbelief that this would happen after Martinez led Spaniard WTA player Garbine Muguruza to this year's Wimbledon title. It was a 'no brainer' other thought when Martinez guided and watched Rafael Nadal and doubles partner Marc Lopez capture a gold medal in men's doubles at the 2016 Rio Games in Brazil and now this.
The Spanish board of directors decided to "make a change in the leadershop of its professional teams...in order to face new challenges in 2018" was their reasoning on firing Martinez. Was the firing due also to the fact that Spain had only gotten into the semifinals and not made it through to win the entire World Group? And how about the Spanish Davis Cup getting into the quarterfinals this year? So is it that she didn't bring both of them to a World Group victory, is the speculative reason for the firing? This decision came as a blindsided situation for Martinez and she had willfully said that she would have liked to stay at least till her contract expired this coming December.
Martinez was appointed to be the captain of Fed Cup in 2013 and Davis Cup in 2015 when turmoil was present with the former two captains. She was in retirement when this had happened and the Spanish players and Federation heads unanimously voted her in.
Rafael Nadal and Garbine Muguruza both are ATP and WTA ranked no. 1 as of now. The two new captains to replace Martinez will soon be decided soon, but the smoke flames are still burning from the decision and who knows if the newly appointed captains will ever be the one to extinguish the flames enough for the Davis and Fed Cup to ever feel cohesive enough again.