Banned tennis player Bhupathi to seek justice from court

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Mumbai, Sep 18: Indian tennis is facing its worst crisis ever. The rift between All India Tennis Association (AITA) and its top players is increasing day by day.

After being slapped with a two-year ban, tennis star Mahesh Bhupathi at a press conference here on Tuesday, Sep 18, had confirmed that he would be moving court against AITA's two-year ban.

He also added that being termed as a traitor by AITA was unacceptable.

Lashing out at AITA, Bhupathi blamed that the tennis body was playing 'dirty politics'.

"AITA continues to misuse its power to teach me a lesson," said Bhupathi.

He further added that AITA administration was harmful for future of Indian tennis.

Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna had sought an explanation from the AITA. Both the players had asked the parent body to make known the procedure adopted in slapping the doubles stars with a two-year ban for their stand prior to the July-August London Olympics.

Earlier AITA had hardened its stand against Olympic rebels Bhupathi and Bopanna, extending their ban from the national team till June 30, 2014.

Bhupathi and Bopanna were not considered for the Davis Cup tie against New Zealand.

"The committee has decided that Bhupathi and Bopanna should not be considered for selection in the Indian team till the end of June in 2014," AITA secretary Bharat Oza had said earlier.

"We are not calling it a ban," he added.

Bhupathi and Bopanna had both refused to be paired with Leander Paes at the London Olympics, threatening to skip the Games unless the two of them were not sent as a team. They ultimately had their way after political intervention forced the AITA to send two teams.
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