July 14, 2007 / 2:40 PM / 12 years ago

Tennis-Nalbandian hires Jaite as coach in bid to lift ranking

LONDON, July 14 (Reuters) - David Nalbandian has hired fellow Argentine Martin Jaite as his coach in a bid to get back into the world top 10, the former number three, now ranked 24, said in a statement issued in Buenos Aires.

Jaite, a 42-year-old former tour player with considerable coaching experience, will start work with Nalbandian before next month’s Montreal Masters Series event, part of the North American hardcourt circuit.

“I believe I need the extra help and experience that Martin has to try to lift my tennis back to the levels I reached at one time,” said the 25-year-old Nalbandian, the 2002 Wimbledon runner-up who has five titles and helped Argentina to reach last year´s Davis Cup final.

“I think he has to be up there, because of his tennis, his quality and his mentality,” said Jaite, who won 12 titles and reached a career-best ranking of 10th in July 1990.

Nalbandian, who had been without a coach since last year, was due to leave Argentina for the U.S. on Sunday for this week’s Los Angeles Cup.

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