Mumbai: Ace player Mahesh Bhupathi lashed out today at India’s tennis association AITA, which has banned him from playing for the country for two years. Bhupathi accused the association of harming the sport and said tennis in the country was a disaster right now. Thanks, he said, to the association, which he also accused of being “extremely vindictive.”
“Unfortunately the reality of the situation is anyway I have played my last match for India,” Bhupathi said at a press conference here.
Already 38, the tennis star felt that it would not be possible for him to represent the Indian flag after serving the 2-year ban, effectively bringing the curtains down on one of the country’s best doubles player.
“I always feel like playing for India. Tennis is an individual sport and we barely get to represent the country once or twice a year. Two years is a long time,” he stated.