Vijay Goel: Will meet Paes-Bhupathi and sort their differences

Paes feels Bhupathi was being disrespectful to him by not categorically telling him that he would not be in the playing squad for the tie against Uzbekistan, while Bhupathi asserted that he had never promised a certain spot to Paes.

Former India tennis player Vijay Amritraj called on the Sports Minister on Tuesday to discuss the roadmap for the development of tennis in the country.   -  Shanker Chakravarty

Sports Minister Vijay Goel on Tuesday said he would try to meet Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes and sort out their difference in the wake of the ugly public spat that took place during the Davis Cup tie against Uzbekistan.

Paes feels Bhupathi was being disrespectful to him by not categorically telling him that he would not be in the playing squad for the tie against Uzbekistan, while Bhupathi asserted that he had never promised a certain spot to Paes.

“I think it is captain’s prerogative how he selects the team. But as far as the spat between the two players, I will meet the players and if there were any differences, I will try to sort them,” Goel told reporters.

Asked if the acrimonious episode had take sheen out of the 4-1 win over Uzbekistan, Goel said: “I don’t think so but I would want to meet them and know why there is this public view that there is some difference somewhere between the two and I would try to sort it.

“But as far as the sport is concerned, I don’t think I should interfere because it is the decision of the captain to do what he feels is good for the game.” Goel said India will sign a sports partnership deal with Australia tomorrow.

“I will meet the Australian PM tomorrow and sign the India-Australia sports partnership under which there will be exchange of coaches. We will tie up with Canberra and Victoria university and take their help for the National Sports University that we are constructing at Manipur. So there will be an exchange of technical knowhow,” Goel said.

Former India tennis player Vijay Amritraj called on the Sports Minister on Tuesday to discuss the roadmap for the development of tennis in the country.

“I have been meeting a lot of former players after Rio Olympics to understand their views and seek their help in the development of sports. So I met Vijay Amritraj, he is a great tennis player and we discussed how can we help tennis grow in the country,” he said.