World No.7 and Argentine No.1 Juan Martin del Potro will skip the 2013 Davis Cup World Group opener against Germany Feb 1-3, captain Martin Jaite has said.
Argentina were beaten 2-3 in this year's Davis Cup semifinals by the Czech Republic, the eventual champions, reports Xinhua.
"We sent emails to all the players likely to be selected and asked them to respond before Dec 10. Del Potro didn't answer. He then sent me an SMS to tell me that he was not available Dec 20," said Jaite Sunday.
"The relationship with Del Potro isn't broken, the doors of the team are always open to him."