The unavailability of several India's regular players for the Davis Cup tie against Pakistan in Islamabad in November, including Mahesh Bhupathi, means that Leander Paes might feature as the playing captain in the squad.
Rohan Bopanna and Denis Shapovalov knocked out French pair Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut of the US Open with a 6-3, 6-1 win on Friday (August 30).
Leander Paes, who made his Hall of Fame Open debut way back in 1995, is now the oldest ATP Tour semi-finalist since John McEnroe (47) at 2006 San Jose
Paes, Bhupathi and Mirza have had public spats over choice of doubles partners at multi-sport events in the past.
A total of 24 teams will play in the knockout qualifiers on February 1 and 2 to decide which 12 teams will play the year-end Finals.
Paes had made his Davis Cup debut in 1990 along side Zeeshan Ali, who is now coach of the side, and grew into a legend in company of Mahesh Bhupathi, who is now the captain of the side.
Among the players who have been chosen for Rs 50,000 allowance per month are leading men's singles players Yuki Bhambri and Ramkumar Ramanathan, country's top doubles player Rohan Bopanna and youngster Sumit Nagal.
Indian players have mixed luck so far in the tournament
Unseeded Indian pair Raja-Sharan enter the third round of the men’s doubles; Bopanna in mixed doubles second round
Big stars in tennis are having very bad games. Novak Djokovic was out on the first day, now Serena and Venus.
While all kinds of rumours are circulating about Paes and why he is not ready to stay or partner with Bopanna, Sachin is enjoying his stay in Rio.
The Hyderabadi rips into AITA, Lee-Hesh, 'Vece Uncle', male chauvinism, and says she expects 'a little more respect from the National Tennis Federation.'
Whilst I won the US Open junior singles in 1991, this was one trophy (men's doubles) that was missing from the cabinet. I came very close to it in 2001 playing mixed doubles with Lisa Raymond, but never the real thing.
Paes continues to inspire, to amaze, to startle and to top it all continues to win laurels for the nation with amazing regularity.
A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.PTI Photo
Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.PTI Photo
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