Paes to miss Davis Cup play-off tie

Doubles exponent Leander Paes will miss India's Davis Cup World Group play-off tie against Japan because of back spasms he suffered during his US Open quarter-final doubles loss last week.

Leander Paes

Paes is still in the US and has intimated All India Tennis Association (AITA) about his decision. India will be playing Japan in Tokyo Sep 16-18.

"I spoke to Leander last night. He is still in pain. He has got an MRI done, the result of which is still awaited," AITA executive director (development) Ranbir Chauhan told IANS.

"The rest of the squad, including the reserve players -- Karan Rastogi and Vishnu Vardhan -- has already reached Tokyo. The morale of the team is high and we are hopeful of a good result.

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