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Nadal's coach rips female Davis captain

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Rafael Nadal's coach criticized the appointment of a woman as the captain of Spain's Davis Cup team on Tuesday, arguing there are substantial differences between the men's and women's games.

His comments have been labeled sexist by Spain's leading political parties, and go against both the backing which the decision has received from others in tennis and also the history of the sport in the Mediterranean country.

Gala Leon, a former WTA player, became the first woman to be appointed captain of the country's Davis Cup team on Sunday, replacing Carlos Moya.


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2 R. Nadal 8,665
3 R. Federer 8,170
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5 D. Ferrer 4,495
6 M. Raonic 4,200
7 T. Berdych 4,175
8 K. Nishikori 3,865
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4 M. Sharapova 5,575
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6 A. Radwanska 5,200
7 C. Wozniacki 4,500
8 A. Kerber 4,480
9 E. Bouchard 4,433
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