Somdev Devvarman: Age fraud is a huge issue across sports

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Somdev Devvarman: Age fraud is a huge issue across sports

Tennis - Former India No. 1 singles player and Indian Davis Cupper Somdev Devvarman has spoken out against the issue of age fraud in Indian tennis.

Somdev Devvarman on age fraud in Indian tennis

Devvarman took to Twitter and posted a couple of tweets after a case of age fraud came to light in Chandigarh which also involved a junior Davis Cup player.

Devvarman said, "Age fraud is a huge issue across sports. I lost to a certain over-aged guy in my junior days. It hurts. Open an investigation nationwide and ban coaches who are found guilty of systemic age fraud. Plenty of them around.

Don't forget, the children are innocent here. Kids don't wander around the streets trying to forge legal documents." In another message on Twitter, Devvarman questioned how much the All India Tennis Association has done to stem the issue.

"We know it (age fraud) has been going on for donkeys years. If we suspect something we ask for more documents. Ok,in that case, In the last 20 years how many times have you asked for more docs or caught someone? Vishal Uppal, a former India junior Davis Cup captain, also said that more needs to be done on the issue, "There has to be a strong deterrent.

The AITA must make age verification test mandatory at the time of registration and for playing the Nationals. The cost should be borne by the parents. it’s a one-off thing. There has to be stringent punishment. Just moving the category is not enough."

Somdev Devvarman won back-to-back NCAA titles in his junior and senior years at the University of Virginia.

He is a former Indian No. 1. His best achievement on the ATP World Tour was reaching the final of the Chennai Open in 2009, as a wild card entry. In 2010, he won the gold medal in the men's singles event at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, and also the men's singles and doubles gold in the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.

He peaked at No. 62 in the world rankings. In January 2017, Devvarman announced his retirement from professional tennis. He reached the second round of all the four Grand Slams in singles at least once in his career and peaked at No. 139 in the world