We will not initiate any dialogue: AITA
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The All India Tennis Association has clarified that it will not initiate further dialogue with the 11 players regarding the Davis Cup pull out, even in future. If Somdev Devvarman & Co. are to break the deadlock, they now have to approach the governing body again on their own accord.
AITA also said that if the current situation persists until the next Davis Cup tie in April, the association will not hesitate to pick a playing squad only from those who make themselves available.
"From our side, we want to put this issue behind us. We are not going to open any discussions with the players. We want to concentrate on preparing our team for this tie. If the players feel they want to amend their stance and still have some concerns, they can approach us after the February tie for discussion, not for blackmail. We don't want to encourage a situation where they tell us next time that if you don't take these two players, then we all won't play," AITA CEO Hiranmoy Chatterjee said.
Chatterjee also added that if the executive wing of the federation that meets on February 3 decides they do not need an external committee to hear the players, AITA will deal with the situation themselves but the players have to initiate communication. "We have made enough efforts, like approaching some players with more flexible options and extending our selection deadline, to ask them what more they want. If they have something to ask, the communication will have to come from them.
"For the next tie, we will again ask all players for their availability, and whoever does not give the same will not be considered," Chatterjee said.
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