December 16, 2008 / 9:38 PM / 10 years ago

Tennis-Argentina name little-known Vazquez as Davis Cup captain

BUENOS AIRES, Dec 16 (Reuters) - Argentina have named little-known Modesto Vazquez as their new Davis Cup captain.

Vazquez, 59, will replace Alberto Mancini, who led Argentina to the 2006 and 2008 finals where they lost away to Russia and at home to Spain respectively, the Argentina Tennis Association (AAT) said on its website (www.aat.com.ar).

Ricardo Rivera will be his assistant.

“We have chosen two professionals with a lot of experience and long careers in tennis,” said Enrique Morea, president of the AAT.

“It’s an honour to count on Vazquez and Rivera. The AAT based its decision on the technical and leadership qualities of the two coaches.

Vazquez, currently the AAT’s development director, played two Davis Cup ties for Argentina, in 1968 and 1970.

Guillermo Vilas and Martin Jaite had been seen as the other candidates for the job.

Argentina lost 3-1 to Spain last month even though the visitors were missing world number one Rafael Nadal through injury.

Their shock defeat came amid reports of rifts in the team. Mancini had announced beforehand that he would quit at the end of the year.

Reporting by Brian Homewood, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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