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Krishnans refused to react to tennis players' revolve

sports Updated: Feb 24, 2008 21:19 IST

Refusing to react to the fresh controversy, in Indian tennis, country's legendary players Ramanathan and Ramesh Krishnan said they would prefer tp "keep quite" and wish the issue was resolved at the earliest.

Ramesh Krishnan, the former world number 23, expressed surprise at the unprecedented revolt by top Davis Cup team members, including Mahesh Bhupathi, who have refused to play under their captain Leander Paes prompting the All India Tennis Association to review his appointment.

"Still trying to digest what has happened," he said.

"I am not aware of what is happening also. Thing are a bit charged up and I would rather keep my mouth quite and not react," said the player who also partnered Paes in 1992 Barcelona Olympics men's doubles event.

"Now in such a scenario things have to resolve back to normal situation. I do not want to add anything to it more so because I have not been in the know of what is happening," he added.

Ramesh was a former junior Wimbledon champion and top ranked among boys.

His father Ramanathan Krishnan, who played in 1950s and '60s and reached as high as world number three position, also echoed the same sentiments.

"I've lost complete touch with all the players. They are new generations. I belong to a much older generation. I do not know what exactly is happening. I only hope that they sort it out," Ramanathan said.

"Since I do not know any of them and what is happening in Indian tennis, I am not able to comment much on this," he said.

He rested faith in the game's governing body, saying they would resolve the matter.

"In our time we were playing the game as an amateur sport. Now it total professionalism had crept in. Main thing is that I do not know about it. I am not in touch with tennis and any of the people.

"I am a well wisher of tennis and I hope it is sorted out. I do not know what the differences are. I am confident that AITA will sort it out."