Mumbai: Former Davis Cup captain Mahesh Bhupathi on Thursday said India's tennis players were abandoned by their federation and the government when they expressed security concerns about travelling to Pakistan for a Davis Cup tie, which was eventually shifted due to security concerns.
The victor of the latest fixture, a best-of-five match series, will advance to the World Group qualifiers to play against Croatia in March next year. In some other times, two neighbor countries with a rough history played against each other in a regular home and away ties between 1962-70 before 1973 when they had to travel to Malaysia and compete on the neutral ground.
In July, ITF told Al Jazeera it was "satisfied with the arrangements", following a site visit to Pakistan's capital as part of a mandatory security risk assessment before all Davis Cup ties.
Now not less than, the doubles rubber would maintain been competitive if Pakistan's top gamers were there nevertheless they selected no longer to play, protesting in opposition to fascinating of the tie.
In-originate Nagal has one more to create his first Davis Cup in finding as he has lost both his singles fits up to now - in opposition to Spain (2016) and China (2018).
He stands on top with 43 wins, which he had completed a year ago whereas taking part in in opposition to China.
A 44th win beckons Paes, the owner of 18 Grand Slam trophies, as he will be partnering Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, who is set to make his Davis Cup debut. So far he has 7-7 record in eight ties.
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The Davis Cup match between India and Pakistan will begin at 1:30 pm IST.
Within the 2nd singles, Nagal will prefer on Huzaifa Abdul Rehman, who did properly on the junior ITF circuit.
"It was an easy win, I understand they are young players, and need experience". I was told that in their press conference they said they are fighter and will fight till the end.
The tie is being played on indoor hard courts due to sub-zero temperatures. There are improvised drills to not only warm up the players, but also cool them down. The fourth rubber is played even if the outcome of the tie is decided after the first three matches but the rules permit teams to skip playing the dead fifth rubber.
Paes, who overtook Italy's Nicola Pietrangeli as Davis Cup's most successful doubles player with his 43rd win a year ago, won the doubles match to seal India's berth in the qualifiers.