Veteran Indian tennis star Vijay Amritraj has made a personal
LONDON (AP) _ Veteran Indian tennis star Vijay Amritraj has made a personal protest to the game’s top official over his team’s Davis Cup demotion, a British press report said Wednesday.
Last year’s beaten finalist, India was relegated two divisions to Asian Zone B after its government withdrew the team from a Davis Cup match against Israel on political grounds. India has no diplomatic relations with Israel.
The Times of London reported that Amritraj, who has played Davis Cup tennis for two decades, had written to Philippe Chatrier, president of the International Tennis Federation, protesting the demotion.
It quoted the 35-year-old Indian as saying: ″Even if we had lost to Israel we would only have gone down to Group A.
″Now we will have to start from the very bottom and it will be 1991 before we have any hope of getting back into the world group,″ Amritraj was quoted as saying.
According to The Times, that meant no more Davis Cup tennis for Amritraj, who also has found fame as a movie star.
″That will be too late for me. I’ve played my last match in the Davis Cup,″ he was quoted as saying.