India's Somdev Devvarman has taken a lead role in the player rebellion against the national tennis federation - the All India Tennis Association - in recent months. While Devvarman has made himself available for the next Davis Cup tie in April after skipping the February tie, the 28 year old is still not happy with the Indian tennis federation.
Speaking to the Indian daily The Hindu, Devvarman commented, "The players have had grievances with the AITA going back to the ’70s and ’80s. The only difference is now we all are on the same page. We’ve tried to tackle this problem in different ways; now we’ve come to the conclusion to do it together.
We’re facing very similar problems as players; problems we faced as juniors that are continuing even today as professionals on tour. So trying to tackle this in the best possible way is the most important thing for us.
The AITA has once again disappointed me. I’m pretty sure they’ve disappointed all the others too. I don’t think they are actually happy with it. They said it’ll be the captain’s farewell tie against Korea.
Now they say he’s going to be the next captain. My discussions with other players have led us to ask for a completely fair team; a team that does not have any single member who has a bias for or against another player.
Unfortunately in the past we’ve had team members who’ve been a little partial to certain players and I don’t think anybody appreciates that. We want to get to a point where all members in the team are there not because of any loyalty reasons but because they do a good job and they want to accomplish what we want to accomplish and because they deserve to be there solely on merit.
That’s what we want to accomplish with the whole system in the AITA and Davis Cup and Fed Cup." Devvarman was beaten in the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships by world no. 7 Juan Martin del Potro earlier this week and the Indian, currently ranked no.
315 in the world, will move to around 255 in the rankings next week. Last October, he was ranked no. 733 in the world after a shoulder surgery earlier in 2012.