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Bhupathi mulls legal options against AITA

The veteran tennis star Mahesh Bhupathi has threatened to drag All-India Tennis Association (AITA) to the court for ousting him from India's Davis Cup squad along with Rohan Bopanna, saying that he was exploring if the national federation's move was legal.

AITA had banned Bhupathi and Bopanna from representing the country till 30 June 2014 on disciplinary grounds. The tennis body had taken the decision hours after India's young Davis Cup team took an unassailable 3-0 lead against New Zealand in Chandigarh on Saturday.

Bhupathi will address a press conference in Mumbai on Tuesday to give his side of the story and reveal his next move. 'Rohan has played for India for 10 years and I have played now for about 18 years now. And to get slapped with something like this, I take this as rough,' Bhupathi said.

'We are exploring it, we don't know yet but I don't think what they have done and the way they have done it, is fully legal. So we are exploring it what they have done is right and obviously if not legal, we are gonna go after it,' he added.

Asked if he felt the AITA action was because of personal vendetta, Bhupathi said, ' Ya, [I] believe so.'

AITA had chosen Bhupathi to play with Leander Paes at the London Olympics but both he and Bopanna refused the pairing and instead forced the AITA to pair them for the games.
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