Yesterday, Tennis South Africa (TSA) confirmed that they had received a letter of resignation from Davis Cup captain John-Laffnie de Jager. In a statement responding to the matter, they thanked him for his nine years of dedication to the association and South African tennis. Furthermore the association wished him all the best for the future.
“With regard to claims made in his letter to the TSA Board, Council and “open letter” to the media, TSA will respond after the issue has been discussed by the Board. Our President and acting Chief Executive Officer, Gavin Crookes is currently out of the country and a meeting will be convened as soon as he returns. A detailed reply will be formulated later this month.” said TSA via a statement.
Given the Davis Cup tie against Turkey coming up on 6 – 8 March, TSA explained, that highest on the Board’s priorities would be finding a replacement captain; this after they announced that they have accepted de Jager’s decision to leave with immediate effect.
De Jager will now focus on his coaching job with WTA player Daniela Hantuchova from Slovakia, his academy (JL’s Tennis), as well as the Matchpoint foundation, which was formed by former players to help produce opportunities for talented South African players.