There seems to be no end to the selection grouses in tennis.
The latest issue to crop up is the selection of players for the Asia/Oceania Group II first round tie against Indonesia at the National Tennis Centre in Kuala Lumpur which begins this morning.
The controversy began with an email from Lawn Tennis Association of Malaysia (LTAM) Coaching Director, Taisto Sinkkonen, inviting players for a trials for the Davis Cup tie, which was held from Feb 8-10.
The players invited to attend the trials were Khoo Er Yang, Syed Mohd Agil Syed Naguib, Joshua Jordan, Ashaari, Christian, Ariez Elyass Deen Heshaam, Asr Merzukii, Deedat, Oscar Chang, Marcus Chee and Nazim.
Taisto had stated in his email that 2 players, namely Adam Jaya and Si Yew Meng have already been selected and that two more players would be selected from the trials.
The trails were duly conducted and Deedat and Khoo finished first and second respectively. Ariez and Asri did not turn up for the trials, but the duo have been named to the final squad.
So what was the purpose of the trials?
LTAM may have the final say in selection of players based on other factors, but was the principle of fair play and honesty adhered in this case.
The question is if LTAM had already decided on the players for the tie, why call for the trials.
The players who attended trials had to take leave from school, incur expenses, only not to be selected. To add insult to injury, the players who were selected, although were invited to attend the trials, did not even turn up to participate in the trials.
It was even said that LTAM had wanted former national players Razlan Rawi and Ashaari Zainal to attend trials, but both declined.
So whats the take from LTAM?
Yes, there have been complains that parents of players sometimes allow their sentiments to get the better of them in wanting their players to be selected, but in a sports like tennis where rankings is the best form of selection, one wonders why so many controversies.
How is the game ever going going to take off to reach higher goals, when there is constant bickering and dissatisfaction in the tennis fraternity?