I have no security concerns about touring Pakistan: Rohan Bopanna

first_img Next I have no security concerns about touring Pakistan: Rohan BopannaIndia are scheduled to play their Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group I tie against Pakistan in Islamabad in September.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 15, 2019UPDATED: July 15, 2019 19:27 IST File photo of Rohan Bopanna (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSLooking forward to the Davis Cup tie in Pakistan: Rohan BopannaI found great hospitality from Pakistan: BopannaBopanna also said it is a long way to go for an Indian to win a singles majorDoubles specialist Rohan Bopanna on Monday said he has no security concerns about playing Davis Cup in Pakistan, where he has always enjoyed “great hospitality.”No Indian Davis Cup squad has travelled to Pakistan since March 1964 and Bopanna will be in the Indian team which will compete in Islamabad in September for the Asia/Oceania Group I tie.Bopanna and Divij Sharan, country’s best two doubles players on rankings, will be natural choice for the doubles rubber.”I am looking forward to the Davis Cup tie in Pakistan. I have spoken to Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi, he is a very good friend of mine and he said it will be fine and I have been there a few times, I always found great hospitality from Pakistan. So I have no concerns about it,” Bopanna said on the sidelines of a Sports Conclave organised by Indian Oil Corporation (IOC).The 39-year-old from Bengaluru had finished a runner-up at the US Open with Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi in 2010.On Sunday night, Serbian Novak Djokovic edged out Swiss great Roger Federer 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 13-12 (3) in the first Wimbledon men’s singles match decided by a final-set tiebreaker for his fifth crown.Asked if Federer’s age is affecting his movement, Bopanna said, “I don’t think there was any loser in yesterday’s final. He was literally one point away from winning his 21st Grand slam. He is 37 and he was still covering the court, the best way possible, so I don’t think he lagged because of his age.”advertisementIndia has never won a singles Grand Slam title and Bopanna said the country is still a long way from achieving the feat.”We never had a singles winner in Grand Slam. We need right kind of facilities and support from the Federation and Corporates. That makes a difference. It is an individual sport and having more tournaments in India will help Indians perform better.””If we look at the last 15 years, we will see only four players have won Grand Slams. So it is still a long way to go for an Indian to win a singles Major,” he said.Also Read | Novak Djokovic will not ease up in quest to be greatest: Boris BeckerAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Rohan BopannaFollow Davis CupFollow India TennisFollow Islamabadlast_img

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