Mahesh Bhupathi on Monday threatened to drag All India Tennis Association (AITA) to the court for ousting him from India’s Davis Cup squad along with Rohan Bopanna, saying he was exploring if the national federation’s move was legal.
AITA had banned Bhupathi and Bopanna from representing the country till June 30, 2014 on disciplinary grounds.
Bhupathi will address a press conference in Mumbai on Tuesday to give his side of the story and reveal his next move.
“Rohan has played for India for 10 years and I have played now for about 18 years now. And to get slapped with something like this, I take this as rough,” Bhupathi said.
“We are exploring it, we don’t know yet but I don’t think what they have done and the way they have done it is fully legal. So we are exploring it what they have done is right and obviously if not legal, we are gonna go after it,” he added.
Asked if he felt the AITA action was because of personal vendetta, Bhupathi said “Ya, believe so.”
“It’s been going on with me and association and heads of the federation for years now. I am just upset and afraid that my friend and partner Rohan has got caught in the middle of this dirty game. I have been quiet for a long time.”