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Rafael Nadal weighs in on "false and absurd" sexism row

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Rafael Nadal has criticised Spain’s female Davis Cup captain over the “false and absurd” debate that has overshadowed Gala Leon’s appointment.

Nadal’s coach and uncle Toni Nadal ignited the story back in September by claiming it was "preferable that (the captain) is someone with a background in the world of men's tennis."

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The world number three has finally had his say on the topic, and thinks the new captain should be focusing on uniting the team.

"It seems strange to me, as Davis Cup captain, that instead of seeking union and harmony between players, captains and the federation, she has incited and fed a debate that is totally false and absurd," Nadal said.

"It seems strange to me, as Davis Cup captain, that instead of seeking union and harmony between players, captains and the federation, she has incited and fed a debate that is totally false and absurd"

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Politicians and party leaders had labelled Toni Nadal’s comments as sexist and although Nadal has not spoken out against the decision to appoint a woman he says: “It seems unfair to me that they have wanted to shift the issue to a place that is evidently a clear issue of populism.”

Andy Murray, who himself appointed former female star Amelie Mauresmo as his coach this year, has been among those who have applauded Spain’s appointment. Leon has reportedly met with some of the Spanish team but this group does not include Nadal.

The 14-time Grand Slam winner is currently recovering from having his appendix taken out and is expected to return fully fit next year.

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