India snubs 8 players for Davis Cup tie
NEW DELHI (AP) — Leander Paes is the only prominent player in a depleted Davis Cup squad announced Friday by the All India Tennis Association for the match against South Korea following an impasse with other players over their demands.
The AITA selected little-known VM Ranjith, Vijayant Malik and Purav Raja as the other members of the squad for the best-of-five series from Feb. 1-3.
The group of eight rebel players, including Somdev Devvarman, Rohan Bopanna and doubles specialist Mahesh Bhupathi, failed to confirm their availability in time for a selection committee meeting after threatening to sit out if their demands were not met.
The AITA agreed to most of the demands pertaining to team management and prize money this week, but the players still weren't satisfied.
The AITA named a new coach in former Davis Cup player Zeeshan Ali, fired team doctor Vece Paes and agreed to remove non-playing captain Shiv Mishra after the match against South Korea. It also announced an increase in the share of prize money for Davis Cup players.