July 03, 2015

MADRID (AP) The newly appointed president of Spain's tennis federation has moved to quell unrest among players by firing the Davis Cup captain and sports director.

Fernando Fernandez-Ladreda Aguirre issued a statement Friday, a day after taking over as president, saying he had fired Gala Leon.

Leon had been appointed by previous president, Jose Luis Escanuela, as captain and sports director of the team due to take on Russia in the Davis Cup on July 17.

Escanuela had been suspended as president by Spain's administrative court for sport on June 24 while Spain's sports council sent two inspectors to audit the federation's accounts.

Players such as Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer and Garbine Muguruza recently signed a letter which was very critical of Escanuela's presidency.

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