Hyderabad: Asserting that the Indian Tennis Players Association (ITPA) was not in competition with the All India Tennis Association, its president Jaidip Mukerjea on Monday said the body only aims at helping players and the game at large.
“We exist to help the AITA out. We are not going to interfere in selections and all that. That is up to the selection committee. If they ask for our help, we are always there,” Mukerjea said.
“Being tennis players we know what is happening, we will always be there. This is a group working for the interest of the players. Selecting a team is the prerogative of the AITA,” he added.
Mukerjea was in Hyderabad to visit the Sania Mirza Tennis Academy, where a training camp is on. Notable among those attending the camp are Somdev Dev Varman and Rohan Bopanna.
The ITPA aims at lending a helping hand to senior players and others who are in need, promote junior tennis and organise off-season camps like the one currently going on at the SMTA, he said.