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- Sunday, December 30, 2012 - From Print Edition


BUENOS AIRES: Argentine number one Juan Martin del Potro said Friday he will not play Davis Cup this coming season.


Skipper Martin Jaite had said on December 23 that Del Potro would not be facing Germany in his country’s World Group opener after receiving a text message from the player that he was available ten days after a December 10 deadline.


Jaite insisted at the time that “the doors of the team are always open to him.”


However, Del Potro closed the door on a 2013 appearance, saying he had found out from the media he would not face Germany and acted accordingly.


Argentine hopes now rest squarely on the shoulders of world number 12 Juan Monaco.


“The decision was not easy — but I have important goals on the circuit. I want to win more Grand Slam tournaments and be world number one,” said world number seven and former US Open champion Del Potro.