Tennis row: Some rebels 'fall in line'

AITA chief executive Hiranmoy Chatterjee told IANS that he was hopeful that by noon today, when the selection committee sits down to pick the six-member squad, all rebel players will fall in line.

“We have received letters from a couple of rebel players, who have made themselves available for the tie. I am hopeful that better sense will prevail and before we sit down to pick the squad all (rebel) players will fall in line,” said Chatterjee, refusing to reveal the names of the players.

“We don’t want to reveal the names of the players because then they will be put under huge pressure from the rebels,” he added. Somdev Devvaraman, Yuki Bhambri, Vishnu Vardhan, Mahesh Bhupathi, Rohan Bopanna, Sanam Singh, Divij Sharan and Saketh Myneni had threatened to boycott the Asia-Oceania Group I tie if their demands were not met. The AITA had accepted some of their demands but the players were not satisfied.

Other young players may now fall in line and make themselves available for selection. Chatterjee said that Somdev will also be considered for selection if he was sends his name to the AITA.

Chatterjee also said that Leander Paes has also made himself available for the game. Paes had skipped the last tie against Japan in September. AITA’s selection committee chairman Anil Dhurpar told IANS that the issue will be sorted amicably.

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