- India's David Cup team will, most probably, visit Pakistan later in September.
- It will be after 55 years that the team will be travelling to the neighbouring nation.
- India had won the last tie between the two by 3-2.
The Indian Davis Cup team will most probably take on Pakistan in September after a lengthy gap of 55 years with the latter playing the host. The Indians last travelled to the neighbouring country back in March 1964 to compete in a Davis Cup tie. They had won the contest held in Lahore quite easily by 4-0.
The All India Tennis Association (AITA) has also asserted that the central government would allow the Indian players to travel to Pakistan for the game. “We have written to the government and hopefully we will go to Pakistan, that’s the impression we have,” AITA Secretary General Hironmoy Chatterjee was quoted by PTI on Wednesday.
“It’s not a bilateral series, it’s (like) a World Cup, so the government will allow. I am confident we will go and play in Pakistan. We will announce it in a day or two. Pakistan Federation has mentioned that the tie will be played in Islamabad,” Chatterjee further added.
The last clash between the two arch-rivals was over 13 years ago. India won the game held in Mumbai by 3-2. The team comprised of Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi, Rohan Bopanna, and Prakash Amritraj.
However, this time around, the team has the likes of Prajnesh Gunneswaran, ranked 94 in the world, along with the 154th ranked Ramkumar Ramanathan. The two spearheads are expected to give India an edge over their opponents.
Although Pakistan may not be a major force in Tennis anymore, they have the doubles specialist Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi who has the distinction of reaching the US Open final. Albeit the endeavour had come after teaming up with India’s doubles specialist Rohan Bopanna.
Salim Saifullah, President of Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF), confirmed to PTI that they will indeed be hosting India on the grass courts of the Pakistan Sports Complex. “We are hopeful of earning much-needed revenues for tennis during the live broadcast of the grass court tie as Pakistan and India sporting events garner a lot of interest.”
He also informed his confidence that the Indian government would allow their team to play in the tie in Islamabad.