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RIP Indian tennis!

Sports management in India has never been so disgraceful. If the inept administrators and rampant corruption were not enough to ruin it, egos and stardom have completed the formalities.The ongoing Olympic team selection fracas is the biggest example of lack of planning and transparency in Indian tennis. First it was ego of players; then came strange declarations, ensuring one fiasco after another and now the administrators begging players to play.It is true that tennis has been trying to catch up with cricket in terms of popularity in India. Big players, currently involved in pairing controversy, played tremendous role in bring tennis to the bedroom of Indians. Leander Paes’s bronze medal at the Atlanta Olympics, the same player forming the magical combo with Mahesh Bhupathi, Sania Mirza adding the glam quotient and the bright prospect in Somdev Devvarman, are clearly the brightest moments for Indian tennis in the last two decades.__POLL__24__However, the current situation of the glamorous game in India is alarming, if not disastrous. The feud between Paes and Bhuphati has virtually decimated the Indian Davis Cup team. Big players are often seen taking sides outside the tennis court. They are no longer a pair. Bhupathi partners Rohan Bopanna in the circuit, but their world ranking is nothing impressive. Paes doesn’t have an Indian partner. Sania Mirza’s WTA ranking in singles is going down the sea everyday. And Somdev Devvarman has lost his rhythm, form and fitness. In short, the future of tennis in India is clearly quite dark.Winning and losing is a part of the game. But, when players tend to give more importance to gaining edge at sports politics, doom is imminent. With no solution of the big tennis feud in sight, the big question remains; are we witnessing the death of Indian tennis?

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