Rafael Nadal and players hit out at RFET

A selection of leading names in Spanish tennis have hit out at the country’s governing body, with Rafael Nadal one of 32 players and coaches to have signed the statement.

Spanish Tennis Federation (RFET) president Jose Luis Escanuela has been suspended for a month pending a financial investigation, while controversy has also surrounded Gala Leon’s appointment as captain of the Davis Cup team.

Nadal has spoken openly about both situations, telling reporters over the weekend: “This ugly and continuous media show is damaging tennis.”

And – along with a host of other top names, including David Ferrer, Feliciano Lopez and Carla Suarez Navarro – Nadal has put his concerns in writing.

The joint statement, addressed “to all associations, clubs and lovers of sports in general and tennis in particular”, raised points including:

  • “No communication at all between the Tennis Federation and the professional players, especially with the members of the Davis Cup and Fed Cup teams.

  • “Lack of transparency on the resources distribution by the Spanish association.

  • “Chaotic and belligerent leadership by Mr Escanuela, which led to his disqualification, putting personal interest above the sport and degrading the image of tennis with his acts.”

The statement went on to say: “Because of these exposed points, we want to inform the authorities and local associations about our concerns on the current situation in Spanish tennis and we request them to take action with their authority and responsibility.”