Tennis truce seems to be on the cards

A truce between the warring factions of Indian tennis seems to be on the cards as in a joint statement issued late on Saturday, Mahesh Bhupathi and his fellow-players, ranging from Somdev Devvarman to Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, stressed that they are available to play for India in the Davis Cup fixture against Indonesia at Bangalore from April 5 to 7.

The statement is as follows: “Based on the communication dated February 7, 2013 received from the AITA yesterday, we have confirmed to the AITA our availability to play in the Davis Cup tie against Indonesia, subject to all of the conditions and commitments in the AITA’s letter being unconditionally complied with by the AITA.

“Given that a number of the concerns that we have raised remain unresolved, our confirmation of availability is limited only to the tie against Indonesia.

“Going forward, we are hopeful that a reasonable and comprehensive long-term understanding will be formally documented after a consultative and collaborative process involving us as players.” — Special Correspondent

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