The eight players issued a joint statement and insisted that their intention is not to challenge the authority of national tennis body. PTI photo
The crisis that has hit Indian
tennis deepened today with the revolting players threatening
to pull out of the upcoming Davis Cup tie against South Korea
unless AITA discusses their "legitimate" suggestions for
improvement in the system.
The eight players issued a joint statement and insisted
that their intention is not to challenge the authority of
national tennis body.
"Given that all the information is now in the public
domain, we wish to emphatically state that all of us are
united in our stand against certain practices observed in the
management of the Davis Cup squad. We are not looking to
challenge the authority of the AITA, but are making a genuine
attempt to change things for the improvement of Indian
tennis," the statement said.
The players repeated their major demands -- change in
support staff, a say in decision making, revised agreement for
the distribution of Davis Cup prize money -- and said they are
not willing to play in Davis Cup unless AITA engages them in a
"In light of the AITA Secretary General Mr. Bharat Oza's
statement that the AITA will introduce a disciplinary code for
players before the Davis Cup tie against South Korea in
February and that only those who sign the code will be able to
represent the country, we wish to make it very clear that ALL
of us are, regrettably, unavailable for Davis Cup selection
unless the AITA is willing to consider and engage with us on
our very legitimate suggestions in relation to the team."
The players said their statement should not be construed
as an ultimatum but instead as a platform for change to ensure
a better future for Indian Tennis.