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.
Indian Tennis doubles ace Mahesh Bhupati has fiercely and successfully battled it out in the tennis court, but, recently India`s first Grand Slam player was left baffled by the questions of a young kid `Captain Tiao` a.k.a Sadhil Kapoor.
India`s new Davis Cup captain Anand Amritraj feels that veteran Mahesh Bhupathi, who is all set to retire this year, should get a farewell tie but made it clear that it was not in his hands to decide on the matter.
Leander Paes emerged victorious in a tight mixed doubles contest against Mahesh Bhupathi to advance to the quarterfinals while Sania Mirza stormed into the last-eight stage in her two events at the Australian Open here on Monday.
14 Grand Slam trophies, an Olympic medal and 53 titles on the ATP tour makes him one of the greatest tennis players India has produced but veteran Leander Paes on Monday refused to be labelled as great.
In her quest to win a third Grand Slam title, Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza will continue to partner Romanian Horia Tecau in the mixed doubles until at least next season`s first Grand Slam -- the Australian Open.
Newly-appointed Davis Cup captain Anand Amritraj is confident that it will be "smooth sailing" for the Indian team in 2014 as the players` revolt was thing of the past but he wants to have a say in the decision-making process for taking the team back to the elite World Group.
Tennis players Leander Paes and Jurgen Melzer overcame Indian duo and sixth seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna to advance to the quarterfinals of the men`s doubles of the Monte Carlo Masters here on Thursday.
Somdev Devvarman, who led the players` revolt against AITA, said on Sunday that veterans Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupahti have provided useful ideas for the betterment of Indian tennis, but only time will tell if those ideas will work.
The inaugural meeting of the newly formed Indian Tennis Players Association (ITPA) is to be held April 6 in Bangalore during the Davis Cup Group I Asia/Oceania first round play-off between India and Indonesia from April 5-7.