Indian Tennis saga: Full text of the players letter to AITA
A day after the All India Tennis Association (AITA) had communicated to all the star players that they are willing to offer them a level-playing field asking their availability for the upcoming Davis Cup, the players have confirmed their participation for the the Indonesia tie subject to the players demands are met by the sports' Indian authorities.
Full text of the letter from the players too the All India Tennis Association (AITA). (Read the complete story)
Based on your letter dated February 8, 2013 and received by us by e-mail, we would like to confirm our availability for the Indonesia tie subject to all of the conditions in the letter being unconditionally complied with by the AITA. Given that a number of the issues that we as players have still raised remain unresolved, our confirmation of availability is limited to the said Indonesia tie.
We would also like to mention that we are not available to talk with the new committee the AITA has formed as we feel like they comprise of people who are biased towards the AITA. However we encourage the AITA to constantly communicate directly with the players before and during the tie to sort out issues both parties have.
As you have mentioned that the last tie against Korea was the farewell tie for Captain SP Misra, we would like to be kept informed about who the next candidate for the job is. We do not expect to have final say on the matter but hope to have our inputs seriously taken as it is the players ultimately who end up sitting next to the captain in the high pressure match situations.
Thank you for consulting with us about the venue of the next tie. We think that Bangalore is a good venue for the tie. However we have heard hat the speed of the courts is extremely fast and that is not suited to our games. We would like the courts to be resurfaced and made medium paced as we feel this along with the altitude In Bangalore plays to our advantage and to Indonesia's top players weakness.
For the future, we look forward to a far, reasonable and comprehensive long term understanding being formally documented after a consultative and collaborative process involving us as players.