Tennis star Leander Paes announced he will miss India’s upcoming Davis Cup World Group playoff match against Serbia. The match is scheduled to be held from September 12-14 at the KLSTA Tennis Stadium in Bangalore.
The All India Tennis Association (AITA) will meet in New Delhi on August 13 to select the final roster for the match that will break a tie. Paes wanted to play, but the announcement stated that he will be unable to compete due to “personal compulsions.”
“Leander Paes will play the Asian Games and was desirous of playing Davis Cup as well. However, due to personal compulsions, AITA has decided to accept his request to not play in the Davis Cup tie against Serbia,” AITA secretary general Bharat Oza said.
Paes, an Olympic medalist, will play in the Incheon Asian Games starting September 19.
His “personal compulsions” won’t allow him to play against Serbia, but will allow him to play just five days later in a different event. How?
While there are no further details about his personal issues, skipping the Davis Cup match against Serbia could easily cost India a shot at the 2015 David Cup World Group. A loss against Serbia would mean India has to battle it out in Zone Groups. If health is not the primary concern, then the talent of Paes seems more logical at the Davis Cup rather than the Asian Games.
Since 2010, Serbia has made it to at least the quarterfinal round of the tournament. The loss of Paes will prove to be costly in the tournament.