Bhupathi must get Davis Cup game as his swansong, says Indian team's new non-playing captain Anand Amritraj

PTI
Published Jan 29, 2014, 10:27 pm IST
Updated Mar 19, 2019, 8:24 am IST
Mahesh Bhupathi must get a Davis Cup farewell, says Indian captain Anand Amritraj.

Indore: India's new Davis Cup captain Anand Amritraj feels that veteran Mahesh Bhupathi, who is all set to retire this year, should get a farewell tie but made it clear that it was not in his hands to decide on the matter.

Bhupathi has said that he will play a few select tournaments before hanging his racquet and Wimbledon championship is likely to be his last competition as a player. At that time he will be 40.

 

Bhupathi is not in the current team, which will take on Chinese Taipei from Friday, as higher-ranked Rohan Bopanna (13) is the lone doubles specialist in the team.

If India manages to win this Group I tie, India will play Korea in an away tie in April. The selectors keep rankings in mind while choosing the squad and unless Bhupathi, currently placed 38, has some outstanding results, his ranking will not improve.

Amritraj, who is captaining the side for the first time in non-playing role, says personally he would like to see Bhupathi playing one last time for the country in Davis Cup since he has served the country for so long.

 

"It's not my decision entirely. On a personal level, I think he should have a farewell tie. But it's not only my decision. It's entirely up to the selection committee to decide on this," Amritraj told PTI after team's practice session.

Since Leander Paes has excused himself from the national duty in 2014, there is a possibility that AITA can team Bhupathi up with Bopanna for the Asian Games, scheduled for September 19-October 4 this year in Incheon, South Korea.

Amritraj said it cannot be said if Bhupathi will make it to the Indian squad at that time.

 

"Asian Games is possible but we will have to wait and see in September. We don't know if he will continue playing (till that time)," he said.

Bhupathi has not played for India in Davis Cup since September 2011. He was banned by AITA on the grounds of indiscipline along with Bopanna but that ban was stayed by Karnataka High Court, paving the way for latter's return to Indian team on merit.


 

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