Young athletes Nguyen Hoang Thien and Ly Hoang Nam, and rarely-known Ho Huynh Dan Mach and Tran Hoang Anh Khoa are in the list of the Vietnamese national tennis squad to compete at the 2012 Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Zone Group III in Iran at the end of this month, according to the tournament’s official website ( http://www.daviscup.com ).
Coaches Tran Duc Quynh and Truong Quoc Bao will lead the team.
The news has ignited a wave of objections in the domestic tennis world, as the General Department of Sports and Physical Training has submitted the list directly to the tourney organizing board without consulting the Vietnam Tennis Federation (VTF).
“I have never been consulted on the list,” said a VTF official.
“If I were asked, I would definitely not accept the current list.”
Since the International Tennis Federation will evaluate the Vietnamese tennis development via the result of its national team at Davis Cup, sending a squad full of young, inexperienced players may result in a poor evaluation, he warned.
Top duo stays home
Moreover, Vietnam’s top two players, Do Minh Quan and Le Quoc Khanh, are not listed, despite their currently good form, adding fuel to the furor wave.
The absence of the two leading athletes will weaken the national team ability when it comes to doubles, as the appointed players have little or no experience playing with each other, tennis experts said.
The Quan – Khanh duo has greatly contributed to making the Vietnam team remain in group III at Davis Cup over the last few years, they said.
Meanwhile, Doan Quoc Cuong, head of the tennis department, said: “Quan was initially listed, but he asked to withdraw.”
According to Mai Ba Hung, deputy head of the HCMC Department of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, Quan refused to participate since “he was busy studying.”
However, upon being asked by Tuoi Tre whether that was the main reason, Quan simply replied with … a smile.
Meanwhile, Hung added, Khanh was not recruited since he is subject to a disciplinary action for his publicly accusing the national tennis coach of Vietnam Truong Quoc Bao and chief of tennis department Doan Quoc Cuong of holding bias against players from Ho Chi Minh City last October.
The disputes excluded both Khanh and Bao from attending the SEA Games last year.
However, while Khanh was not recruited to play at Davis Cup, coach Bao was brought back to the post.
“It’s normal for Bao to be back to the national squad. He had no fault in the dispute with Khanh last year,” said Cuong.