The Telegraph
Sunday , September 16 , 2012
Since 1st March, 1999

Bhupathi bristles after AITA acts tough

Calcutta/Chandigarh: The All India Tennis Association (AITA) will stick to the youngsters will not include Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna in the Davis Cup squad until the country moves up from the Asia/Oceania Group.

“It was decided in the AITA executive committee meeting here that Bhupathi and Bopanna will not be considered for selection up till June 30, 2014,” the AITA stated in a release.

While the official version is that the young gun have delivered in their very first test, it’s quite obvious that this is a disciplinary step against the Bangalore duo for ruckus they created before the London Olympics.

Bhupathi has already come up with an angry reaction on the twitter. “The cranky old grand fathers on the executive committee, who have never played tennis waiting for a reaction? There is one coming. stay tuned!,” he tweeted.

The young guns have given India an unassailable 3-0 lead in the relegation play-off tie against New Zealand and AITA wants them to carry forward the good work in the 2013 season when India will strive to re-enter World Group.

“This young team has done well. After a long time our team is 3-0 up. In Asia/ Oceania zone, it will be good to continue with a young team,” AITA president Anil Khanna said.

It is a clear indication that Bhupathi and Bopanna will have to wait for a longer time to make a Davis Cup comeback.

India cannot reach the World Group play-off stage before the end of 2013-14 season since it will have to play at least two ties in Asia Oceania group to reach that stage.

It is not clear if AITA will consider Leander Paes for the Asia/Oceania tie.

Paes missed the ongoing tie as he preferred to play for a club in World Team tennis.