Indian tennis legend Mahesh Bhupathi has been accused of non-payment of dues by the respective production company which was involved in the broadcast of his famed tennis league IPTL. Bhupathi clarified that he isn’t responsible for any of these allegations.
IPTL was formed in 2014 and saw stars like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams participate. It was halted two seasons later in 2016 due to a financial crunch. Bhupathi while admitting the delay in payments, said IPTL crashed not because of him, but due to an alleged “fraud” committed by the Legendary group, which owned one of the teams.
Broadcast Sports News recently issued a statement which read, “Twenty two months later and the entire production crew, technology service providers, satellite uplink and distribution suppliers, chair umpires and court surface provider remain unpaid including their expenses, visas costs, per-diems (daily allowance) and ground transport fees.” Bhupathi also admitted that approximately USD 5 Million was due.
“There have been pending dues to the tune of approx USD five million from the league to players majorly, most of them are my colleagues and vendors as well. It’s been extremely painful in general but we will get it done one way or another it’s just this process of recovery needs time,” Bhupathi said.
Broadcast Sports News also stated that the organisers were aware of the financial issues, but chose to go ahead with the event. “A spokesperson representing the IPTL crew explained, ‘What is most frustrating is that the IPTL continued in December 2016 while the management team knew there were insufficient funds available to pay for it’,” it read.
There were speculations that Singapore Slammers had sent IPTL a legal notice to recover their dues but Bhupathi denied receiving it. “It’s business. There are ups and downs. It concerns just me others should keep out of it,” he said.