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Leander Paes opts out of Davis Cup 2014

Leander Paes opts out of Davis Cup 2014

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by Vishal Gajaria

India's ace tennis player, Leander Paes, will be missing India's forthcoming Davis Cup match up with Chinese Taipei, slated to be held later this month. Paes, 40, received green signal from the All Indian Tennis Association (AITA) to spend more time with his family instead of featuring at the Davis Cup.

PTI quoted a statement released by the AITA: "The AITA received a communication from Dr. Vece Paes (Leander's father) on the 2nd January 2014 who after consultations with Mr. Anil Khanna shared Leander Paes's reasons to excuse himself from the forthcoming Davis Cup tie against Chinese Taipei, scheduled to be held in Indore from the 31st January.

"Leander has also expressed his inability to be a part of other events in 2014. Leander Paes has been an indispensable pillar of the Indian tennis for the past two decades and being a patriot to the core has always stood up to represent his country whenever called for.

Considering the magnanimous contribution Leander Paes has made to Indian tennis for the past two decades and completely empathising with his need to spend time with his family, the AITA has taken a decision to respect the wishes communicated by Leander.

"He has also expressed happiness that his sitting out of the squad would give an opportunity to the upcoming talented pool of players to showcase their game in front of the home crowd. It is noteworthy, that the game of tennis in India has grown much stronger in the last few years.

With the present pool of players presenting a strong playing field, it would surely be a tough task to select the Davis Cup squad for the tie against Chinese Taipei. "The present lot of experienced players like Somdev Devvarman and Rohan Bopanna would be well supported by the likes of young guns Yuki Bhambri, Saketh Myneni, Jeevan Neduchezian, Sanam Singh, Divij Sharan, Purav Raja, Sriram Balaji, and Vishnu Vardhan to name a few, and provide for a tough playing combination," it said.

"Captain of the Davis Cup team Anand Amritraj and Coach Zeeshan Ali were present at the Chennai Open to assess the performances of the players before going into consultations with the selection committee to decide on the playing four on the 11th January in Mumbai." .

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