India's top tennis players agitate for better support

In comments to the news media, association officials have said they will no longer negotiate with the players and may cut off government grants to those who refuse to play next month. Some players receive government training grants of as much as 1.5 million rupees, or a little more than $27,000.

updated: January 10, 2013 13:33 IST
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Chennai: In a reprise of the operatic bickering last summer over the Olympics, India's top tennis players are once again locked in a bitter dispute with the national tennis association.

Eight players banded together last week during the Chennai Open, India's only top-tier tennis tournament, and sent a letter to the All India Tennis Association demanding personnel and financial changes in the country's Davis Cup effort before they would agree to play in a matchup against South Korea in February.

An association official responded by saying that any new agreement with the players would have to include a disciplinary code, which enraged the players. Since then, relations have deteriorated further.

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