Davis Cup 2019 | Indian Tennis Team Set To Travel To Pakistan For First Time In 55 Years

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The Indian tennis team is set to travel to Pakistan later this year for the Davis Cup tournament, All India Tennis Association Secretary-General Hironmoy Chatterjee​​​​​​​ said to news reporters. 

Written By Koushik Narayanan | Mumbai | Updated On:

The Indian tennis team is set to travel to Pakistan later this year for the Davis Cup tournament, All India Tennis Association Secretary-General Hironmoy Chatterjee said to news reporters. 

"Yes, our team will travel to Pakistan for the tournament. It is like a World Cup of tennis and is not a bilateral series and hence there is no embargo on it. We have to abide by the Olympic Charter", he told reporters, according to news agencies. 

The team will leave to Pakistan in September for the Davis Cup tournament in order to abide by the Olympic Charter. This comes amid tensions between India and Pakistan, with the former boycotting the latter and not sending the teams to play there. The sports Ministry and the Government of India are expected to give their final nod before the team can proceed to the rival nation.

If a green light is signalled, then this would be the first tennis team to visit Pakistan in 55 years. Bilateral series of any sport between India and Pakistan was suspended following the threat of terrorists in Pakistan and it's involvement in terror attacks on India. 

"The team of six players, support staff and coach will be going to Pakistan. I will also go along with the team. We will be putting in the visa application for everyone. Pakistan hockey team travelled to India for the World Cup and now we are also going," he added.    

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The Davis Cup draw was rolled out in February this year, but after the Pulwama attack on February 14, the future of Indian tennis team touring Pakistan looked really bleak.
Indian cricket team had last toured Pakistan in 2007, and after that, no team across any sport in the country has toured Pakistan.

India last played Pakistan in the Davis Cup in 2006 at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai, in which the hosts managed to register a 3-2 win to take India's head-to-head tally against Pakistan to 6-0.

AITA is yet to announce the final squad for the outing between the two neighbouring countries.   

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