9/24/12 9:31 PM | Johan Lindahl
South African tennis offers up defense to Kevin Anderson's accusations.
After harsh criticism from top national player and recent Davis Cup absentee Kevin Anderson, South African tennis officials have been spelling out their version of the financial spat which kept the world No. 35 from competing for his nation in the World Group promotion tie against Canada.
With South Africa losing to a side featuring Milos Raonic and doubles ace Daniel Nestor, the disappointment was made even the worse by the fact that the tie had to be played in Canada since the South African federation could not raise any sponsorship money to play the event at home, where it had originally been scheduled.
Tennis SA boss Ian Smith said that while the team would have loved to have had the US-based Ando on board, his financial demands on pay-to-play were too high. Anderson had said he needed guarantees for his career if he were to be injured in Davis Cup - guarantees which were not forthcoming.
"Other players are playing (Davis Cup) for nothing, and though we appreciate what he has done for SA tennis," said the boss to the Sapa agency. "Kevin needs to understand where SA sport in general stands with regards to funding and sponsorship.
"Last year we paid him a sizable amount of money to play two ties. Each time we play a Davis Cup tie overseas we cover flights and accommodation, and we also have a full-time physiotherapist with the team. Last year, when Kevin was injured, we still paid him. This year he asked for what we considered a little too much money."
Anderson then made public several email exchanges on the issue and said he would not be speaking about it any more.
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