Former Davis Cupper Anand Amritraj said on Saturday that it was shameful to see the latest developments in Indian tennis. Amritraj, who was part of the Indian Davis Cup in the 1970s and 1980s, recalled his days when everyone got along well with each other and things worked smoothly.
“In the 1970s, when Vijay and I played in singles and doubles, we used to have a large say in decision making, not the composition of the team but you know... Vijay was the captain, Ramesh (Krishnan) was there with us. We got along fine and beautifully. We even got along well with the federation. It always went quite smoothly. There is no reason why it shouldn’t go along the same way now. It’s a shame,” Amritraj said during the unveiling of Mumbai Blasters jersey. The Blaster are one of the teams taking part in the Maharashtra Tennis League, which will kick off on January 14 in Pune.
Eleven players including Mahesh Bhupathi, Somdev Devvarman, Rohan Bopanna and Vishnu Vardhan had revolted demanding better playing conditions from the AITA. Though AITA did agree to some of the conditions, the others were left unattended.
“I don’t think you can keep everybody happy all the time. It seems to be complicated in Indian tennis, no question about that. I am sure they will work it out. But I think they need to resolve by talking face to face. This whole thing is now a complete impasse. They (AITA) have picked their team,” said the 60-year-old Amritraj.
AITA, on Friday, announced a new squad led by veteran Leander Paes for the Asia/Oceania Group I tie against South Korea from February 1 to 3.
“All we can do is stand behind them and wish them the best, hope they can get past Korea. Then probably work out where you have to go from here,” Amritraj said adding that he did not know much about the Korean players. “Their top player is ranked 350 or 360. Hopefully, India will win. Let’s hope the Koreans are not that good.”