Indian Davis Cup team threatens boycott

Top players including Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi and Somdev Devvarman have made demands which include higher share in Davis Cup prize money, changes made to team management and a say in venues selected.

updated: January 04, 2013 19:49 IST
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New Delhi: The crisis that has hit Indian tennis deepened on Friday 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.

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