AITA will not waive off 'royalty' of around USD 40,000 on Chennai Open unless Tamil Nadu Tennis Association (TNTA) proves that it was a loss making venture and made it clear that constitutional provisions are binding on all members.
Snubbing the All India Tennis Association, TNTA got the government clearance for hosting one of the season-openers on the ATP tour on its own, and has also refused to pay the royalty, which is 10 percent of the total prize money.
TNTA's view is that since they do not get any help and voting rights from AITA for hosting this event starting December 30, they will not pay the royalty, which they have been paying all these years.
"Chennai Open is a good tournament. We have to support it and it should be conducted in the best possible manner. We have written to them (TNTA) that if you can prove that you are making loss, we can think of it (waiving of royalty)," AITA Secretary General Bharat Oza said.
"If they have valid reason, we can not only waive it off but we can pay (to them as help) on top of it," the official added.
When asked why AITA insists on royalty when it is being done without their help, Oza,"That is there view. They have to follow constitutional rules. It is constitutional provision. There is nothing new. Constitution is there, and we don't have explain it to media. it is our right to waive it, reduce it or subsidise it. AITA is made of all state association, all members have to follow the rules."
If TNTA sticks to its stand, the issue will be discussed in AITA's next Executive Committee meeting.
After being snubbed, the AITA has now asked the government to entertain applications through authorised signatories of the AITA. The government has not withdrawn the NOC given to TNTA but has "agreed" to accept AITA's request in future.