Paes to Play Davis Cup Tie Under ‘Non-Playing Captain’ Bhupathi

“Paes deserves that respect after serving the country for 27 years,” AITA has said.

Veteran tennis star Leander Paes has been retained in the Indian Davis Cup team for next month's Asia/Oceania Zone tie against Uzbekistan.

The tie, which will be India's first with Mahesh Bhupathi as the non-playing captain, will also see the return of Rohan Bopanna.

Bopanna had been ignored for last month's tie against New Zealand, which India had won. However, the doubles specialist did extremely well at the just-concluded Dubai ATP 500 event, where he ended runner-up with partner Marcin Matkowski. En route the summit clash, he also got the better of Paes and his partner Gracia Gulliermo-Lopez in the semifinals.

India will go in with two specialist singles players in Yuki Bhambri and Ramkumar Ramnathan.