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SBD Global/January 14, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Davis Cup Saga Continues: AITA Defends Against Players' Claims, Initiates Committee

The All India Tennis Association refuted professional tennis player Somdev Devvarman's "claim that the players were completely unaware of the additional concessions made by the national tennis federation," saying that it had discussed the new offers with at least three players, according to the PTI. The AITA said in a release that it had spoken to players Vishnu Vardhan, Divij Sharan and Sanam Singh "about the new offers." The release continued: "In respect of Somdev Devvarman’s statement that AITA did not communicate with the players, we wish to state that this statement is totally incorrect. We were personally in contact with Vishnu Vardhan till about 11:30 p.m. on Thursday" (PTI, 1/13). THE HINDU reported the AITA "has decided to form a committee," headed by either a retired judge or retired senior government officer "and an eminent tennis player, to study the issues relating to the Davis Cup." The committee "will look into the needs of the players and formulate an agreement along with a code of conduct for Davis Cup matches" (THE HINDU, 1/13).
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