July 06, 2015

MADRID (AP) Spain has named former Wimbledon winner Conchita Martinez captain of its Davis Cup team.

Martinez replaces fired predecessor Gala Leon amid a shakeup for the tennis federation that included the government removing former president Jose Luis Escanuela after Rafael Nadal and several other players criticized his management style.

Martinez, already captain of Spain's Fed Cup team, will lead the Davis Cup side until the end of year.

Her first tie will be at Russia on July 17.

Leon, who became Spain's first female Davis Cup captain last year, never oversaw a tie. Nadal's coach and uncle, Toni Nadal, criticized her appointment for what he called her lack of knowledge of the men's game.

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