Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, Anabel Medina Garrigues, Arantxa Parra Sontonja, Carla Suarez Navarro, Nuria Llogostera Vives, and Lourdes Dominguez Lino will not play in the first round of 2011 Fed Cup competition. Yesterday, Spain's top six players signed a statement in which they refuse to play because of the Spanish Tennis Federation's "lack of support, communication and enthusiasm" for women's tennis. The players maintain that support declined upon the arrival of Prime Minister Jose Luis Escañuela.
In late 2009, the Federation agreed to improve conditions for women's tennis. The players who signed the statement said that, a year later, nothing has improved. The 2009 agreement called for better medical care, more hard courts, and more support for Spanish tennis tournaments. The players are also protesting a reduction in prize money.
According to press repoerts, the Spanish Tennis Federation has released a statement which outlines proposed improvements for women's tennis, but the players say that these proposed improvements are "patchy" at best.
Spain is scheduled to play Estonia in the first round of 2011 Fed Cup competition.