Captain and coach to get pie of Davis Cup prize money
new delhi: In a departure from the current formula for sharing the Davis Cup prize money, non-playing captain Mahesh Bhupathi and coach Zeeshan Ali were allowed by the AITA to claim a share from the players' prize purse from the Canada tie.
Till the World Group Play-off tie against Canada last September, the prize money was distributed only among only six players including the two reserves while the support staff was paid directly by the All India Tennis Association (AITA).
However, the prize purse for the Canada tie was distributed equally among six players along with the captain and the coach, which means the players' share was reduced.
Each of the eight people got a little more than Rs one lakh.
AITA secretary general Hironmoy Chatterjee confirmed the equal distribution and said it was done after Bhupathi put forth a proposal.
"The distribution was done after the captain discussed with the players and took this call. So it was the players' call," Chatterjee said.
It is a move which hits the singles players the most since as per the previous arrangement, their share was maximum from the prize purse. Therefore, there is a possibility that for future ties, the players may devise a new formula, which does not reduce their share drastically.