Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza lashed out at Indian Tennis Association, AITA took a big step

Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza lashed out at Indian Tennis Association, AITA took a big step

New Delhi. Rohan Bopanna 's case for declassifying conversations with All India Tennis Association (AITA) general secretary Anil Dhupar will be referred to AITA's Ethics and Managing Committee. AITA gave this information on Tuesday. AITA also released its full communication with the International Tennis Federation (ITF) regarding the qualification of the Indian men's doubles team for the Tokyo Olympics. Bopanna and Sania MirzaTrying to clarify the negative perception created by the comments of the AITA, how they raised the issue of Bopanna and Divij Sharan regarding their entry into the Games between June 28 and July 16. The email revealed that on July 2, AITA sought an explanation from the ITF as to how the global body allowed the United States (combined ranking 118), Spain (combined ranking 170) and Portugal (combined ranking 204) to be in men's doubles despite their combined rankings. Bopanna and Divij's combined ranking of 113 was lower.

In another email, AITA urged the ITF to look into Bopanna and Divij's 2018 Asian Games achievement for entry into the Tokyo Games. However, in 2018 itself, the ITF had announced that only single winners of the Asian Games would get the continental quota. AITA has made these emails public after Bopanna's tweet in which he posted the video call recording. In the video recording, Dhupar was heard saying that the ITF has accepted the entry of Bopanna and Sumit Nagal in men's doubles. Dhupar was heard saying that 'maybe we will get good news (of qualification) tomorrow'. When Bopanna categorically asked whether his and Nagal's entry had been accepted, Dhupar replied in the affirmative.

Bopanna says why AITA gave him false hopes of qualification. Dhupar said, “The move to record and make public phone calls will not be accepted. AITA's Managing Committee and Ethics Committee will look into it." "These two committees will decide whether disciplinary action is required against Bopanna or not," he said. We talk to the players only through email so that everything is completely clear. They cannot record phone calls and make public.

"I wouldn't be surprised if other sports federations take note of what Bopanna has done and change the way he communicates with his players. When asked whether Bopanna's name would be considered for selection in India's Davis Cup squad, Dhupar declined to comment. After asking the players about the availability, usually 15 players are named to the selection committee, out of which a five-member team is selected. India is to take on Finland on its soil in September in the Davis Cup match. The controversy started after it emerged that AITA has said that it has withdrawn Divij's name and paired Bopanna with Nagal so that India would have a better chance of qualifying in the men's doubles. The ITF, citing the rules, said that the change would not be possible and if India pair Nagal with Bopanna, the new pair would not qualify.


Novak Djokovic could not bear the defeat continuously, took out his anger on the racket after losing the bronze medal match

Novak Djokovic could not bear the defeat continuously, took out his anger on the racket after losing the bronze medal match

Tokyo. World's top-ranked tennis player Novak Djokovic had come to the Olympics with a dream of completing the 'Golden Slam' but will return empty-handed from Tokyo after losing his bronze medal bout on Saturday. The Serbian player was defeated by Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta 6-4, 7-6, 6-3 in the bronze medal bout on Saturday. Djokovic lost his cool several times during the match and vented his anger on the racket. Djokovic suffered a defeat for the third time in less than 24 hours. Alexander Zverev shattered Djokovic's dream of becoming the first man to complete the 'Golden Slam' by defeating Djokovic in the men's singles semi-finals of the Olympics on Friday. After that, they had to face defeat in the semi-finals of mixed doubles as well.

Golden Slam is the winning of Olympic gold with all the four Grand Slams in the same year. Steffi Graf (1988) is the only tennis player to achieve this feat. Djokovic's disappointment can be gauged from the fact that he threw his racket towards the stands after failing to intercept Busta's shot during a long rally in the third set after saving a match point in the second set. After two games, when Busta broke his serve, he once again hit the net with his racket. He then picked up the racket and threw it towards the photographers. The chair umpire also warned Djokovic after throwing the racket over the net but Busta demanded penalty points from the umpire as it was the second case of anger at the racket.

However, the umpire did not warn Djokovic after the first incident. The mixed doubles pair of Djokovic and Nina Stojanovic had lost in the semi-finals on Friday. After which he was to take on Australia's mixed doubles pair of Ash Barty and John Peers in the bronze medal match today but he withdrew from the match citing a left shoulder injury. The mixed doubles bronze medal went to the Australian pair. Djokovic has now won only one medal at the Olympics. He won a bronze medal in Beijing (2008).