Indicating that it was not ready to budge under pressure from the revolting players, the AITA today backed its Davis Cup support staff, saying it was not prepared to change the captain and the coach on the insistence of some players.
"Look, we have experts to decide on these matters. People like Misra are so experienced. Earlier, we used to get suggestions from star players such as Leander
(Paes) on surface preferences. And we are doing that even today.
"But if players say that take this tie to Tripura or some other city, change the coach and captain, it can't be done. We can consider their suggestions for surface but not the city. The respective state Association also has be to ready to host a tie," AITA Secretary General Bharat Oza told
Oza said in categorical terms that they will introduce a disciplinary code for players before the February tie against South Korea and only those who sign the code, will be able to represent the country.
"We are coming up with a disciplinary code. Whoever wants to play, will have to sign that code. The maximum, if these players do not turn up, is that we'll lose. So be it," Oza said.
Meanwhile, AITA CEO Hironmoy Chatterjee, who is talking to the players on behalf of the tennis body, said some of the concerns were reasonable but not the demand to change support staff.
"What's wrong if they ask of a regular physio. But I don't think its reasonable to ask for coach and captain's replacement. They should have refrained from saying this," Chatterjee told.
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