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AITA questioned once again by players, is AITA at fault?
The All India Tennis Association (AITA) has once again come into the limelight for a charter of demands put forward by Indian tennis players, spearheaded primarily by Somdev Devvarman, which might lead to another revolt. But the organisation was quick to state that there was no revolt.

SOME DEMANDS put forward are – transparency in how the AITA works as far as selection of Davis Cup team is concerned, distribution of prize money, and choosing venues, etc. The AITA cannot hide or run, as the players do not seem to be happy with things going on in the organisation as their demands would suggest.

If this was for the first time that the AITA had come into the spotlight for negative reasons, one might have overlooked, but this is not the case. Their last major controversy came when they handled the Paes, Bhupati and Bopanna controversy in the worst possible manner just before the Olympics. Indian tennis fans may as well point their fingers across to the AITA for India not putting up an Olympic medal winning performance. But, now with Somdev Devvarman also raising questions, it must be AITA, who are at fault.

The players do not seem to be happy with the fact that the AITA keeps half of the prize money and distributes the rest among the players. After giving it all in their tennis matches, it does not seem fair that the players get only a very little share of what they deserve. One may also say that these players are putting money above nation.

In fact, these are minor matters, but the AITA has to sort out the matter and make the players clearly understand where the problem lies. They have to keep the players happy, as it is due to these players' success that they are also making money. If the AITA has some genuine reasons for being unsatisfied, then the players would also understand the situation and be okay with it. The players are not aware that the money is going towards the development or some other pockets. The problem as of now seems to be that there is not enough communication amongst the top brass of the organisation and the players. Most of it seems to shape up though mails, which is not the way a sports organisation works.

They should draw inspiration from the BCCI, who has not faced such problems, as they keep the players priority on the top of their list. The cricketers are also given bonuses for their performances, when they excel. Even if players are not satisfied, they have an easy access to the top brass of the BCCI and settle out the differences instead of writing a mail, which just increases the chances of mails getting leaked to the media and resulting in a bad image to the organisation. As far as AITA is concerned, controversies never seem to happen behind close doors, but come out in the open. The AITA has to look into it and ask themselves the reasons, as to why are such things happening? Why are the players complaining?

Such things are going to crop up every now and then unless there is transparency in the organisation. It would be wise if some current players are also made an integral part of the AITA. This would help the players' voice reach the organisation easily. The AITA cannot act as the boss and deploy a dictatorship kind of attitude. If the players are given due respect - on and off the court - then such problems would not arise. .

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