Disappointed with AITA's unprofessionalism: Somdev tells NDTV

Somdev Devvarman says that there was zero communication from the tennis association on their demands and that the matter could have been resolved in a more ethical, professional manner as all the players were willing to play for the country.

updated: January 12, 2013 15:19 IST
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New Delhi: Somdev Devvarman has said that the All India Tennis Association has been extremely unprofessional in handling the demands made by protesting players and that he is bitterly disappointed with their approach to the entire matter.

Speaking to NDTV on Saturday, Somdev said that there was zero communication from AITA. This a day after the body named the Davis Cup team, leaving the 'rebel players' out. "There is zero communication, there is zero professionalism and regardless of what the players have been trying to say, there just isn't any. Actually, this is a good thing because this has been going on for the part 20 years and hopefully, someone can bring in some change," he said.

Eight players had threatened to boycott the Davis Cup tie if their demands were not met. Devvarman, Mahesh Bhupathi, Rohan Bopanna, Yuki Bhambri, Sanam Singh, Vishnu Vardhan, Divij Saran and Sanam Singh had signed a statement against "certain practices observed in the management of the Davis Cup squad" in what they said was an effort to improve Indian tennis.

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