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Now, Karti Chidambaram heads to London

 

There are going to be quite a few Indian tennis officials at Wimbledon this year. The next one to head for London is All India Tennis Association's vice-president Karti Chidambaram, who is also on a personal visit but will, "certainly meet all the players and talk to them". 

 

Chidambaram is one of those sports administrators who are not into it to make money or to get free junkets abroad. He has been keenly supporting young players including Yuki Bhambri and Vishnu Vardhan.

 

"There was no perfect selection option. Whatever decision AITA would have taken, someone would have been disappointed. The original as well as the revised selection can be debated and critiqued. All this talk needs to end and the players need to let their racquets do the talking," he said.

 

However, Chidambaram is quite clear that the federation is being blamed for no fault.

 

"People don't seem to understand that our hold on players is limited. We really can't force professionals to toe our line."

 

The plain bit is that the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) actually came about to ensure that tennis players did not have to be subservient to their national federations and instead were free to play the sport on their own terms.

 

"It's too early to talk about disciplinary action. And there is a limited bit that we can do. At the most, we can ban players from Davis Cup or not select them for future Asian, Commonwealth and Olympic Games. That's the extent of it."

 

Meanwhile, Chidambaram is looking to have a straight talk with the players and will also be around when Sania Mirza's wildcard's fate is decided.

 

He could play a crucial role in stemming any potential negative fallout. It has also been learnt that selector Rohit Rajpal has not met Leander Paes as yet.

 

The federation is also not reaching out to the player in an effort to give him some time to cool off.

25/6/2012



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