After writing about various issues to the All India Tennis Association (AITA), Indian tennis player Somdev Devvarman revealed why he took the step — citing that it was finally time that some change was made in the way the sport was run in the country.
“The most important thing was to not point fingers and not blame anyone for anything — but stand together, stand strong as a group of players and really request change because we feel the change is necessary to make progress,” said Devvarman.
Somdev’s email contained requests to the AITA to oversee an overhaul of the support staff, give importance to players’ opinion when it came to choosing home-tie venues and allow them a larger slice of David Cup revenues.
The AITA responded by saying that they will look into some matters, but maybe it wasn’t the best time for the players to bring up the issue.
“We are having discussions and I am happy with that. I’m not expecting a definitive answer from them in a day or two. That would be unfair. I am willing to wait for them to work things out,” Devvarman said.
The email has led to another divide among India’s tennis contingent.
Mahesh Bhupathi agreed with the requests, but Leander Paes completely distanced himself from the issue. He was quoted in the Indian Express as saying: ”I want to stay aloof from all this. I have given Davis Cup 20 years of service and don’t want to get involved in any controversy.”