Tennis - India's top-ranked player Prajnesh Gunneswaran says he will most likely play the Davis Cup tie between India and Pakistan. The Indian Davis Cup team is expected to get a clearance to travel to Pakistan - when they do, it will be the first time that the Indian Davis Cup team would play in Pakistan since 1964.
Speaking in London, where he lost to Milos Raonic in the first round of the Championships, Gunneswaran says. “I think I will play although it is still to be discussed as we have the option to go now. If I want to stay in the top 100 then those two weeks make an impact but playing for my country is very special and I want to do everything to do that.
If I had been number four or five in India I would be jumping at the chance. Nothing should change being number one." Gunneswaran is India's top-ranked player in the ATP rankings. In 1964, India had beaten Pakistan 4-0 in Lahore while they won 3-2 in Mumbai in 2006.
The only other time the two countries met was when they played in a neutral venue in 1973. Speaking about his Wimbledon loss, Gunneswaran says, "There were a few lapses in concentration and they determined the match. I had chances but didn’t convert.
I gave him early leads in the second and third sets and they were the killers." This was the third consecutive Grand Slam that the Indian was competing in. He lost in the first round of the Australian Open after coming through the qualifying draw and also lost in the first round of the French Open where he entered the main draw directly based on his ranking.
Gunneswaran will need to ensure his ranking does not drop too much further if he wants a direct entry into the main draw of the US Open. The cut-off for entries at the US Open are based on rankings six weeks prior to the tournament start date.