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Indian tennis needs amicable solution to all issues: Misra

Bangalore: Leading the Indian Davis Cup side for one last time, non-playing captain S P Misra on Sunday said the players-AITA tussle should end sooner for the betterment of Indian tennis.

Somdev Devvarman had led a players’ revolt, demanding better playing conditions, and made themselves unavailable for the Korea tie, which India lost 1-4 in New Delhi.

After AITA acceded to some of players demands, the agitation ended for the time being as players agreed to play against Indonesia.

However, there are still issues which needed to be addressed and Misra said an amicable solution was the way to move forward.

"It (revolt) was quite unfortunate and most of their demands have been conceded by the AITA and whatever that remains, can be resolved amicably and sooner we do it, it is better for the Indian tennis," Misra said.

Misra hoped that India would beat Indonesia and avoid relegation.

"It`s good to have Davis Cup in Bangalore after 28 years and I am pleased with the conditions. The courts have been made ready to our specifications. I hope we have a good tie ahead," said Misra, who last played for India in 1969-70 season.
Misra said he would step down from non-playing captaincy after the tie and hoped the authorities would find a suitable replacement for him.

Misra said he enjoyed good rapport with team members including Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi for the last six years.

"I wish the team well for the future."

Misra said it is the right time to groom young talent for the Davis Cup.

Pointing out to the National grass court champion Ram Kumar Ramanathan, he said, "the boys like him, with good height, reach and strokes are a good prospect for the future, and so are others like Sriram Balaji."

Meanwhile the two practice players, Ram Kumar and Arjun Khade along with the reserves, Vijayant Malik and Sriram Balaji, had a solid three hour workout, stretching into dusk.

Somdev, Leander Paes, Yuki Bhambri and Sanam Singh are scheduled to join the remaining camp tomorrow.