Tata Open Maharashtra: Paes gets wild card in his last tournament in India

PUNE: Indian tennis legend Leander Paes He is scheduled to play his last tournament at home, since on Saturday he received a wild card entry in doubles for the third edition of Tata Open Maharashtra , as of February 3.

The widely expected wild card announcement was made during the raffle ceremony here. India no 1 Prajnesh Gunneswaran and Italian star Stefano Travaglia He was also present during the ceremony.

Paes has already announced that this year will be the last in the professional circuit.

Paes, 46, and his Australian partner. Mathew ebden He will face Divij Sharan's partner and New Zealander Artem Sitak in the first round.

Sharan, who won the doubles title in the last edition with Rohan Bopanna, has partnered with Sitak this time.

We are very happy to welcome the tennis legend in Pune. He has won countless laurels for the country. It has inspired many young Indians. It will be great for the Pune crowd to come to the stadium and watch the legend play for the last time. Said tournament director Prashant Sutar.

The third edition of the only ATP Tour tournament in South Asia will be the last appearance at home for the eight-time Grand Slam doubles champion Paes.

It will be the last tournament for Paes in India. We decided to give him the wild card entry, as it will be a tribute to what he has done for the country, said the secretary of the Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association, Sunder Iyer.

Another ace Indian doubles player Rohan Bopanna and local boy Arjun Kadhe will face the French couple of Antonie Hoang and Benoit Paire.

In the main draw of the singles category, Gunneswaran will face Yannick Maden in the first round, while India's No. 2 Sumit Nagal will face a qualifier.