The All India Tennis Association (AITA) announced a four-leg qualifying tournament followed by a Masters tournament to select two boys and two girls from the country to feature in the prestigious Road to Wimbledon (RTW) 2015, which is scheduled to be held in August at the All England Club.
Hours after the government made it clear that it would not extend financial help to athletes skipping important international events, the AITA today sought to clarify the stand taken by three top tennis players, who had preferred ATP Tour over the Incheon Asian Games.
Reacting angrily to media reports that he has been asked to step down by the Sports Ministry, All India Tennis Association President Anil Khanna on Friday said he has got no such intimation and insisted that his election to the post was well within the government norms on age and tenure.
The Indian Olympic Association has been fined USD 10,000 for withdrawing teams from the Asian Games at a late stage, but All India Tennis Association chief Anil Khanna is hopeful that the penalty would be withdrawn.
The internal politics in the All India Tennis Association (AITA) got messier as the parent body today removed its Vice-President Karti Chidambaram citing conflict of interest while the aggrieved official has decided to move court to challenge his expulsion.
The All India Tennis Association on Wednesday allowed Leander Paes, Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna to skip the Asian Games for ATP and WTA events with the players saying that they had an obligation to earn their "bread and butter" on the professional tour.
Their commitment to country questioned after a pullout from the Asian Games, India's top tennis players on Wednesday tried to put their decision in perspective by saying that they had an obligation to earn their "bread and butter".
Caught in a dilemma over whether to compete in the Asian Games or the WTA tournaments which clash with the event, Sania Mirza on Sunday left it on the All India Tennis Association to take a call on her participation in the continental extravaganza in Incheon, Korea.
Somdev Devvarman on Wednesday stoutly defended his decision to skip the Asian Games, saying "it did not make any sense" playing in Incheon for three weeks at a time when he was striving hard to get back into top-100.
India's top singles player Sondev Devvarman's decision to concentrate on ATP tour at the expense of upcoming Asian Games has come under sharp criticism from the All India Tennis Federation, which termed the player's move as "not correct".
The AITA national selection panel today courted a controversy by dropping Snehadevi Reddy from the women`s Asian Games squad, giving her place to Shweta Rana, who was initially included as a reserve player.
With a World Group place at stake, taking on Serbia is a big challenge even in a home Davis Cup tie and India must go with "maximum experience" against the world number two team, says doubles exponent Rohan Bopanna.
He might be in seventh heaven after receiving the prestigious Padma Bhushan honour, but tennis ace Leander Paes is still rankled by the selection furore prior to the 2012 Olympics and holds Mahesh Bhupathi responsible for making the Games a "real sad" outing for him.
The AITA secretary Bharat Oza today made it clear that the national selection committee needs to take a call on whether they would like to "go backwards" after veterans Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes announced their availability for the Davis Cup tie at home against Serbia.