Gala León García is breaking down barriers while making history.
The 40-year-old Spanish former professional tennis player has been appointed as captain of Spain’s Davis Cup team by La Federación Internacional de Tenis, becoming the first-ever female coach of a Davis Cup team.
In a statement, the federation says León García will replace Carlos Moya, who stepped down as captain after Spain fell out of the World Group.
Without Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer, Spain lost to Brazil in the playoffs, dropping the five-time champions to the zonal groups for the first time since 1996. The team also lost to Germany earlier this year.
Andy Murray, who is currently coached by Amelie Mauresmo, tweeted his congratulations to León García.
“congrats to Gala Leon Garcia for becoming first female Spanish Davis cup captain today…” tweeted Murray, adding, “hopefully first of many!”
More details are expected in the coming days.
León García turned pro in 1990 and retired in 2004. She achieved her highest ranking of No. 27 in September 2000. She earned one WTA title and 6 ITF titles.