Rohan Bopanna: No security concerns about touring Pakistan

“I have been there a few times, I always found great hospitality from Pakistan,” says the doubles specialist, welcoming the chance to visit the country in September for a Davis Cup tie.

Rohan Bopanna: “I have no concerns about [safety in Pakistan].”   -  AP

India’s Rohan Bopanna on Monday said he had no security concerns about playing Davis Cup in Pakistan.

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 an 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.

‘Great hospitality’

“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 Qureshi in 2010.

India 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.”

‘Long way to go’

“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.

Commenting on Roger Federer’s performance in the Wimbledon final on Sunday, 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.”