The Indian tennis association is refusing to be held to ransom by regular Davis Cup players, who have hinted at a possible boycott if their demands for a greater involvement in the running of the team are not met.
Eight top players, excluding Leander Paes, have submitted a list of requirements to the All India Tennis Association (AITA) with a veiled threat to snub the regional first round home tie against South Korea early next month if no action was taken.
The regularizing dead body would search into the offers but the participants would not represent allowed to order full terms, AITA chieftain administrator Hironmoy Chatterjee secern Reuters in an consultation.
“They have put forward some scenes and not all of them are otiose. Some of their needs are satisfactory but we have told them that ultimately the cry leave represent ours, ” Chatterjee read.
“I have spoken to them and have heard their views. I will speak to the committee members and decide on the future course of action,” he added.
“They have been told ‘you can suggest’ but as players, they are supposed to play. They can’t be players, administrators and selectors at the same time.”
The group, which includes Mahesh Bhupathi, Somdev Devvarman and Rohan Bopanna, want changes made to team management, a higher share of Davis Cup prize money and a say in the choice of venues for ties.
The AITA and the players currently divide the prize money for the tournament down the middle as an equal 50/50 split.
“There are a few good suggestions. They want a change in their support staff like the addition of a full-time physio, which is not wrong,” Chatterjee added.
“We leave have them everything they need to do better. But if they are inexorable, we have to take the air a dissimilar way of life.”
Last twelvemonth, the AITA pass stunt women specialists Bhupathi and Bopanna a biennial Davis Cup hiatus for their refusal to pardner Paes at the London Olympics.
The trio figured in an ugly row ahead of the Games that forced the association to change their original decision to field Paes and Bhupathi as a pair.
Paes eventually partnered rookie Vishnu Vardhan while India had a second pair in Bhupathi and Bopanna, but neither partnership returned with a medal from London.
Chatterjee, a veteran tennis administrator, said his organisation would not bow to player power, adding it would also set a bad precedent for other sports in the country.
“We give notice not push anyone to meet. If one does not need to meet, he does not meet, ” he read.” There are former participants uncommitted.
“There is no inquiry of crouching down. We leave take over few petitions but not all.
“It leave represent untimely to allow this undiscipline, it leave have a untimely sign to former run arounding camarillas. We have to represent very fast.”