Davis Cup: India to face Serbia without its ace

Paes decides to skip World Group qualifier citing personal reasons

New Delhi

Tennis great Leander Paes will skip India’s Davis Cup World Group playoff against Serbia to be held at the KSLTA Tennis Stadium in Bangalore Sep 12-14.

The AITA, which will meet on Aug 13 to select the team for the crucial tie, said that though Paes wanted to play, he will be unavailable due to “personal compulsions”.

However, the Olympic medallist will play in the Sep 19-Oct 4 Incheon Asian Games.

The Davis Cup selection committee meeting will choose Aug 13 the team for the tie against Serbia, AITA secretary general Bharat Oza said. “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,” Oza said in a statement.

The winning country will qualify for the 2015 World Group while the losing country will contest in the Zone Groups.

India qualified for the playoff when they beat South Korea 3-1 at Busan in the second round of Group I Asia/Oceania in April.

The 2013 finalists, Serbia will travel to India looking to continue their seven-year presence in the World Group. Serbia has made it to the quarterfinals or more every year since 2010. —PTI

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