Players revolt against Paes refuses to die down

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{image-Leander Paes_27022008.jpg}New Delhi, Feb 27: The controversy erupted in Indian tennis showed no immediate signs of dying down with top players Prakash Amritraj and Rohan Bopanna on tuesday sticking stand of not playing under the multiple grand slam winner.

An unrepentant Amritraj and Bopanna said the problems have been going on for a couple of years and it was important to have a good relationship among the team members while playing for the country. "I stick to my stand. It has been going on for a few years and it is not good for Indian tennis", Prakash, son of the legendary Vijay Amritraj, told to a channel from the US.

Prakash was particularly unhappy with Paes for not fielding him for the singles on the opening day of the Davis Cup tie against Uzbekistan despite being fully fit.

"He got some of the facts wrong. I was fit enough and had even practiced, but the reasons he gave is that I was not fit. I dont know why he had to say that", Prakash said.

"He tends to put down the team which is not good for the players", he said.
Bopanna said the biggest problem with Paes was that he hardly ever communicated with the team.

"He hardly has any interaction with the players. There is hardly any communication. It is not good for the team", Bopanna said.
Bopanna said he had the utmost respect for Paes as a player but he should not be the captain of the Davis Cup team.

"It is very important to have a non-playing captain. Leander is one of the greatest players India has produced, I don't mind if he is in the team as a player. But I don't want him as a captain", he said.

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