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Young tennis players Sumit Nagal and Sasi Mukund’s refusal to play for India upsets AITA | Tennis News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: Sumit Nagal excused himself from the upcoming Davis Cup tie towards Finland, citing a hip harm, however the younger tennis participant continues to play on the ATP Challenger tour, upsetting the nationwide federation, which is able to quickly take up the matter with him.
Nagal wrote to All India Tennis Association (AITA) on August 28 that due to a hip harm he will not have the opportunity to compete towards Finland as a result of enjoying on the onerous courts would irritate his harm.
Finland will host India on indoor onerous courtroom from September 18.
The AITA then changed Nagal with Saketh Myneni.
However, Nagal has competed in two Challenger occasions since then on clay courts — Meerbusch (Germany) and Banja Luka (Bosnia & Herzegovina) — which took the AITA abruptly.
Experts say it is unattainable to play both on onerous courts or clay courts if a participant is carrying a hip harm. They say irrespective of the floor, the participant cannot escape from operating which isn’t doable in case of a hip harm.
Before reaching out to Myneni, the AITA additionally approached Sasi Kumar Mukund to take the place of Nagal within the nationwide group however he additionally refused to play since he wished to defend factors in Pro Tour.
The lack of dedication of the younger tennis players for the nationwide group has stumped the AITA, which says it can converse to Nagal as soon as the Finland tie is over.
“To see our player Sumit Nagal playing other tournaments and not playing Davis Cup is upsetting. We definitely want our best players to play for the country, no doubt about it. We are definitely going to take this matter up once we are back (from Finland),” AITA Secretary General Anil Dhupar advised PTI.
“We want him in the Davis Cup team. Let’s see what appropriate action we can take once we are back. We expect our top players to make themselves available (for national team),” he added.
Non-playing captain Rohit Rajpal additionally didn’t recognize Nagal’s choice.
“Obviously any captain will like his best players available. It’s disappointing to go without our best team. Yuki Bhambri is injured,” stated Rajpal.
The 24-12 months-previous Nagal couldn’t be reached for a remark and his supervisor didn’t reply to messages.
Somdev Devvarman, who can also be half of Nagal’s group in a mentor’s position, additionally didn’t reply to messages.
However, Mukund gave his causes for not becoming a member of the Indian group.
“I am not as high ranked as Prajnesh and Ramkumar, so I don’t have the liberty to choose tournaments, so I have two main draws in the states (USA) so I need to play it.
“I’ve made 30 factors this 12 months and I labored actually onerous to come again to type and now could be robust for me to break momentum,” Mukund said.
The talented young player said his Austrian coach also advised him against playing the upcoming Davis Cup tie.
“My coach (Martin Spottl) stated it is higher for me to keep on Tour. Even although it was his choice to ship me 15 days to Kolkata to observe on grass however this time it was a tricky name for him to do this,” he said.
Mukund, 24, also said that it would have been extremely difficult for him to get the appropriate visa.
“I’ll simply not have the opportunity to be in Europe except they get me a brand new visa which after I requested the German ambassador he stated it is almost unattainable. So I’d have to exit EU to both India or Tunisia or someplace which my coach cannot come as a result of somebody in his household has a surgical procedure.
“And I am not ready to forego my existing visa for new short term visa,” he stated.
It could also be talked about that Mukund had made himself unavailable for the tie a lot earlier than the choice committee assembly came about however the AITA reached out to him once more after Nagal pulled out.



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