Costa released from hospital after heart problems

Spain Davis Cup captain and former French Open winner Albert

Costa was released from a hospital after heart-related problems on

Thursday.

The 34-year-old Costa was admitted to a hospital near Barcelona

after complaining of heart palpitations, chest pains and

hypertension, the Spanish tennis federation said. He was released

hours later and was at home resting.

In his first year as captain, Costa led Spain to its fourth

Davis Cup title with a 5-0 sweep of the Czech Republic last

Sunday.

Costa had no such related medical problems in the past,

federation spokesman Pedro Hernandez said. Hernandez put the

episode down to stress.

Costa, who replaced Emilio Sanchez Vicario after last year’s

triumph over Argentina, said after the victory that he would soon

sit down with the federation to discuss his contract renewal. Costa

also currently works as sporting director of the Catalan tennis

federation.

Costa was expected to be at the national tennis championships in

Seville as tournament director from Friday, but that was now

unlikely.

Costa played in Spain’s first Davis Cup-winning team in 2000. He

won the French Open two years later.