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.
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.
The first round of the 3rd All India Prize Money Tennis Championship got off to a stunning start as unseeded Adnya Naik and Pragati Natarajan came up trumps against their seeded rivals here on Tuesday.
The AITA on Tuesday hit out at its vice-president, Karti P Chidambaram, for questioning the Davis Cup team selection, and asked why he did not raise the issue when he was the chairman of the Davis Cup Committee.
The rebel group, demanding better playing conditions from the AITA, today said they will continue to remain unavailable for Davis Cup selection until the tennis federation engages with them in "good faith".
A "hurt" Zeeshan Ali on Friday said that his credentials as coach were never in doubt and promised to give his best in the upcoming Davis Cup tie against South Korea despite having an inexperienced side at his disposal.
The All India Tennis Association (AITA) would be forced to select a depleted side to counter South Korea as none of the eight revolting players has made himself available for Davis Cup selection so far.
AITA`s efforts to rope in US-based Prakash Amritraj in the Davis Cup squad to negate a boycott threat from the top players came to a nought today with the Sports Ministry sticking to its policy that only Indian passport holders can represent the country.
As none of the eight revolting players has made himself available for Davis Cup selection, the AITA on Tuesday said anyone who refuses to play for India will not be entitled for the financial support from the government.
The AITA on Sunday came up with a compromise formula to placate the revolting players as it accommodated some of their demands, such as change in support staff, but also kept its authority intact by keeping the final decision on all matters in its hand.
Indicating that it was not ready to budge under pressure from the revolting players, the AITA on Wednesday backed its Davis Cup support staff, saying it was not prepared to change the captain and the coach on the insistence of some players.
Veteran Indian tennis player Mahesh Bhupathi on Monday indicated that all his issues with the All India Tennis Association (AITA) have been sorted out and he may represent the country in the upcoming Davis Cup tie against Korea.