Somdev has chosen to play in the ATP circuit rather than represeneting India and Enrico Piperno sees some logic in his decision. He explains, ''His ATP ranking has dipped tremendously, to 148 in the ATP circuit. He has to think about his career. If in the next few months or so, if his ranking dips to 200 or so, he would not be able to compete in single competitions as well.''
With Tennis being an individual sport, there has been instances, when players have decided to sit down for the Davis Cup ties as well, which includes top international stars such as Djokovic, Federer etc. On such instances, there were no hue and cry in those nations. The AITA also needs to undertsand that the players do not play under the national federation, so they should not create any pressure and ask Somdev to play for India. The AITA has a say only over Davis Cup competitions.
The former Davis Cup coach said, ''We should not make the issue a big one, as the boy (Somdev) has been struggling and he also needs to make (re-build) his career.''
AITA has decided to replace Somdev with Divij Sharan for the Asian