Paes, Bhupathi won't be picked for Serbia clash, indicates AITA

AITA secretary Bharat Oza yesterday said that the national selection committee must take a call on whether they would like to "go backwards" after veterans Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes announced their availability for the Davis Cup tie at home against Serbia.

India tennis players Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi
India tennis players Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi 

"Our selection committee including captain (Anand Amritraj) and coach (Zeeshan Ali) would decide on whether we need to go backwards or keep faith in the youngsters who did well against South Korea," Oza told PTI yesterday.

Oza also said that AITA would decide on the team composition for the September 12-14 home tie against Serbia in July. "The current lot of players prefer the hard courts and not grass as was the case with earlier players. The tie would most likely be held on hard courts," said Oza.

Oza's reply was in reference to Paes' declaration that he is willing to be part of the squad as a player or captain or to help out the team if called upon by AITA.

Paes' former partner Bhupathi had told reporters during a promotional event recently that he was always available to play for the country, having earlier said he was set to retire after this year's Wimbledon Championships in June-July.

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