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December 6, 2022

Indian tennis players to set foot on Pakistan soil after 55 years

Amid all the political unrest between the two nuclear neighbors, India and Pakistan, sports is always a front line casualty. In the recent past, India denied visas to Pakistani shooters to participate at the ISSF Shooting World Cup in New Delhi, and as a consequence faced sanctions of Olympic quotas being shifted to Beijing World Cup.

However, in a different sport, and perhaps in circumstances other than political, Indian tennis players to play Davis Cup against the Pakistanis on their soil after a gap of 55 years. Indian Davis Cup squad last played in Pakistan in March 1964 in Lahore, in which India prevailed 4-0. The AITA has written to the Indian government and is hopeful of a favorable reply. Both nations played each other in 2006 in Mumbai. India won 3-2 in that instance 13 years ago.

This scheduled Davis Cup tie is going to be played in Islamabad as confirmed by Pakistani board, and the winner of this Asia/Oceania Group I would progress to the World Group Qualifiers. Even this time Pakistani tennis players would not throw much of a competition, as none of their players are even ranked on ATP. While India’s Prajnesh Gunneswaran and Ramkumar Ramanathan have had a successful run recently, on Pakistan’s side, only Aisam-ul-haq Qureshi, a doubles specialist could be a bit of a challenge.

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