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Spain dumps Davis Cup coach Alex Corretja

Àlex Corretja's contract as Spain's Davis Cup captain will not be renewed when it expires at the end of the year, the Spanish Tennis Federation announced on Thursday.

Spain dumps Davis Cup coach Alex Corretja
Spain's captain Àlex Corretja (C) congratulates Rafael Nadal (R) and Marc Lopez at the end of their doubles match against against Ukraine in Madrid on September 14th. File photo: Gerard Julien/AFP

Corretja, 39, has been in charge for the past two years after replacing Albert Costa, who led the Spanish to the Davis Cup title in 2009 and again in 2011.

Under Corretja, they reached last year's final where they lost 3-2 to the Czech Republic.

"On the advice of the Sports Department and a unanimous decision by the management committee, it has been decided not to re-appoint Alex Corretja as captain of the men's national team on December 31," the Federation announced in a written statement.

"Federation President Jose Luis Escanuela Romana thanks Alex Corretja for his dedication and his professionnalism and wishes him all the best."

No mention was made of a possible successor.

As a player, Corretja achieved a career high ranking of 2 in 1999. He was twice runner up in the French Open — in 1998 and 2001

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IN PICS: Rafa Nadal weds childhood sweetheart in Mallorca

Rafael Nadal married his partner of 14 years, Xisca Perello, at a castle in Mallorca on Saturday.

IN PICS: Rafa Nadal weds childhood sweetheart in Mallorca
Photo: Fundacion Rafa Nadal

Nadal, the 19-time grand slam champion, tied the knot with 31-year-old Perello at La Fortaleza, with a reported 350 guests invited to a private ceremony.

Juan Carlos I, the king of Spain from 1975 to 2014, was believed to be among those in attendance while the Michelin-star chef, Quique Dacosta, was reportedly in charge of catering.

The newlyweds shared some official photos of the day through the Fundacion Rafa Nadal, the NGO the tennis player set up on Mallorca

Photo: Fundacion Rafa Nadal

 

Nadal, 33, met his wife through his younger sister Maribel, a childhood friend of Perello.

They started dating in 2005 when they were both teenagers after meeting several years before.


Photo: Fundacion Rafa Nadal

The couple announced their engagement in January and revealed that the tennis ace had proposed on a romantic trip to Rome last May but chose to  keep the news private.

 

Perello, has always shunned the media spotlight although she has been pictured courtside at some of Nadal’s biggest matches.


Nadal kisses Perello after winning against France's Gael Monfils in the final tennis match at the Monte-Carlo ATP Masters Series Tournament in Monaco on April 17, 2016. 

But she isn't always there. In a 2011 interview with The Daily Telegraph, Perello explained: “He needs his space when he is competing, and just the idea of me hanging around and waiting on his needs all day tires me out.

“It would asphyxiate me. And then he would have to be worrying about me… No. If I followed him everywhere, I think there's a risk we might stop getting along.”

She works in insurance and is a business graduate but also serves as project director for the Rafa Nadal Foundation, the charity which Nadal launched almost ten years ago.

In an interview with sports newspaper Marca last year, the world number 2 hinted that he wouldn't be ready to start a family until he had retired from tennis. 

'I keep my commitment with tennis and my happiness', Nadal told Marca. 'I enjoy both in tennis and outside it. I have a girlfriend too and I am not alone to take decisions.

“Having family? I don't know, things are not easy to be predict. At this age, I thought that I would have already been a former player and that I would have started a family.”

READ ALSO: Rafa Nadal donates €1million to help victims of Mallorca floods 

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