All India Tennis Association chief Hironmoy Chatterjee said on Tuesday the national body would decide on the recognition of the newly launched players’ association (ITPA) only after it had a clear understanding of its objectives. “It is too premature at this juncture to consider recognising the new body,” Chatterjee said.
“They’ll have to put together their rules and objectives and go through the entire process of getting a body in place before we consider recognising it.”
Chatterjee said the players were yet to get in touch with the AITA. “They have not given anything in writing yet. A clear picture will emerge only after we start interacting with them and get to know their plans,” he added.
The formation of the Indian Tennis Players’ Association was announced on Monday within weeks of a confrontation between the AITA and a group of 11 players — including Somdev Devvarman and Mahesh Bhupathi — which had refused to play in a Davis Cup tie against South Korea over management issues.