India snubs 8 players for Davis Cup tie



NEW DELHI (AP) — Leander Paes is the only prominent player on a depleted Davis Cup squad announced by the All India Tennis Association for the tie against South Korea from Feb. 1-3 following an impasse with other players over their demands.

The AITA on Friday named little-known VM Ranjith, Vijayant Malik and Purav Raja as the other members of the squad.

The group of eight rebel players, including Somdev Devvarman, Rohan Bopanna and doubles specialist Mahesh Bhupathi, failed to confirm their availability in time for a selection committee meeting after threatening to boycott the Asia-Oceania tie if their demands were not met.

The AITA agreed to most of the demands pertaining to team management and prize money this week but the players were still not satisfied.