Special to play the Davis Cup in Pakistan, says the best player in India
LONDON: from India Prajnesh Gunneswaran He admits to being the best in his country. tennis star places him under the obligation to play a Davis cup draw against bitter opponents Pakistan .
India has been attracted to face its neighbors in Islamabad in September with the prize of being able to dispute the classified of the World Group in game.
It will be the first time India have played a Davis cup tie in Pakistan in 55 years.
I think I'll play even if it's still to be discussed, since we have the option to go now, the 29-year-old Wimbledon player said on Monday.
If I want to stay in the top 100, those two weeks have an impact, but playing for my country is very special and I want to do everything possible to achieve it.
If it had been number four or five in India, I would be taking the opportunity.
Nothing should change be number one.
The long-running political tension between the nuclear-armed India and Pakistan spiked in February over Kashmir, which both countries have fought two wars over since the territory was divided in 1947.
A deadly suicide attack -- claimed by a militant group based in Pakistan -- in Indian-administered Kashmir killed 40 Indian troops.
In response, India staged its first air attack on Pakistan i territory in decades, with Pakistan responding a day later.
Despite those tensions, India were cleared to make the trip across the border as the Davis cup is not a part of a bilateral series.
When India last played in Pakistan in Lahore in 1964 they won 4-0.
They won at home in Mumbai in 2006, while their third meeting in the tournament in 1973 had to be played in neutral territory.
On Monday, Gunneswaran made his Wimbledon debut, but was defeated 7-6 (7/1), 6-4, 6-2 by the runner-up of 2016 Milos Raonic from Canada.
His progress to the All England Club has come late in his career after a battle with stress fractures in both knees, which left him without a qualification in 2015.
Those physical problems are a thing of the past, as is his strange decision to incorporate once the name of two times the main winner. Pat Rafter in your personal email address.
I was a big fan of his when he was younger, so I created an email ID with his name, explained number 94 of the world.
I never used it for official purposes, but some people in my school still have it.
On Monday, Gunneswaran insisted that his confrontation with Raonic, the 15th seed, had been decided by small margins.
There were some concentration lapses and they determined the match. I had opportunities but I did not convert.
I gave him the first clues in the second and third set and they were the killers.