Leander Paes Not to Play Against Serbia in Next Davis Cup Clash

While he will play Asian Games, Leander Paes would be unable to feature for India against Serbia in Davis Cup due to the dates which clash with a court hearing on a personal matter.

Updated: August 07, 2014 20:15 IST
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A court hearing will keep Leander Paes off the tennis court. He is battling for the custody of his daughter.
Different 'game' on a different court: A legal hearing will keep Leander Paes off the tennis arena. He is battling for the custody of his daughter.

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New Delhi: After making himself available for the Asian Games, veteran star Leander Paes is set to miss the upcoming Davis Cup tie against Serbia due to personal reasons. (Related: India may face weakened Serbian side)

Paes is locked in a legal battle with his partner Rhea Pillai for the custody of their daughter and one of the hearings of the case would be around the tie, scheduled for September 12-14 in Bangalore. (Also read: When Bhupathi backed 'doting father' Paes)

"Leander will play Asian Games and was very much willing to play in the Davis Cup as well. However due to his personal compulsions, AITA has decided to accept his request to not play against Serbia," AITA Secretary General Bharat Oza said.

Early this year, the 40-year-old had asked for a break from national duty but AITA recently named him in the squad for the Asian Games after Paes opted to play at the quadrennial event.

Later Paes had said that he was available for national duty if required. He had missed the Asia/Oceania Group I ties against Chinese Taipei and Korea also.

World number two Serbia are expected to arrive without world No. 1 Novak Djokovic but they have formidable doubles players such as Nenad Zimonjic in their ranks.

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