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Mahesh Bhupathi hits out at AITA for banning him

Mumbai: Stung by the two-year ban imposed on him, veteran tennis star Mahesh Bhupathi on September 19 slammed the AITA, accusing the game’s governing body of resorting to “divide-and-rule” policy, and said its “dictatorial attitude” would be harmful for the future of Indian tennis

Bhupathi made a scathing attack on AITA and its president Anil Khanna who, he alleged, was playing “dirty politics” and creating rift among players, particularly between him and Leander Paes.

“The AITA and its dictatorial attitude, and its administration are harmful for the future of Indian tennis,” Bhupathi said at a press conference here, where he also circulated his correspondence with the AITA ahead of the London Olympics.

The veteran tennis pro said he had no choice but to accept the ban, but was now exploring legal options.