Karan backs out of revolt against Paes

Tennis player Karan Rastogi backs out of the player revolt against Leander Paes citing personal reasons.

updated: February 26, 2008 14:38 IST
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New Delhi:

The players' revolt against Indian Davis Cup captain Leander Paes seems to be falling apart with one of the disgruntled players Karan Rastogi on Tuesday backing out of it, saying he has sorted out the issues with his skipper and was willing to play under him.

"It's about time. After looking at personal things and speaking to the Federation, I have sorted out all the issues with Leander," Rastogi told PTI.

"Basically I am willing to play under any captain. Playing for the country is a matter of pride and that comes before any personal ambition," he added.

Rastogi -- along with Mahesh Bhupathi, Rohan Bopanna and Prakash Amritraj -- raised a furore by writing a letter to the All India Tennis Association (AITA) refusing to play under Paes. The quartet had demanded a non-playing captain for the upcoming Davis Cup tie against Japan in April.

Rastogi refused to elaborate on why he first chose to be a part of the revolt and said he was pulling out of it as it was affecting his game.

"I am out of it. I discussed it with my parents this is the end of the story but I am not going to get into details ... how, when and why it happened," he said.

"Obviously there were some issues otherwise I would not have signed the letter but I am the smallest guy in this issue. Everyone has his own ways ... it was affecting my game and I don't want to get my game affected and that's my stand," he asserted.

Rastogi said his decision was not influenced by AITA.

"This is my own decision and nobody else's. I want to focus on my practice and matches. Unnecessarily it became big. But my career is more important than these controversies," he said.