After wide speculation on the cancellation of international tennis tournament Davis Cup, Indian tennis federation has now confirmed its team’s visit to Pakistan to play the matches. The six member Indian tennis squad along with a coach and other support staff will be in Pakistan in September as the two rivals will play in the country first time after 1964.
“Yes, they are set to tour Pakistan,” said AITA president Praveen Mahajan. “We informed the government about it and they were OK with it, she added.
Mahajan added that AITA did not need clearance from the Indian government as it is not a bilateral series but rather an international tournament. However she informed that the Pakistan Tennis Federation has sent the required documents for visa application and the matter is in process.
Earlier Pakistan had to conduct the Davis Cup’s Asia/Oceania Zone matches on neutral tournament as international teams declined to visit the country on the back of security issues. Mahajan however clarified that they have not demanded any extra security measures for the two day event.
The two rivals last faced each other on each other’s soil in 1964 (Pakistan) and 2006 (India). Since then this will be first time after Kargil and other small-scale wars that Indian team sets foot in Pakistan.