By India Today Sports Desk: India's top doubles player Rohan Bopanna revealed on Wednesday that he will bring curtains down on his Davis Cup career when the country hosts Morocco in September.
Bopanna also expressed his desire in playing his farewell game in Bengaluru, which seems unlikely as AITA has already awarded the match to Uttar Pradesh. India will play Morocco in a World Group II tie in September.
The 43-year-old Bopanna, who made his Davis Cup debut in 2002 and is still playing solid tennis on the ATP Tour, has played 32 ties for India.
The doubles star told PTI that he would be playing his last David Cup match in September. Bopanna also said that he would like to bid farewell to the tournament at Bengaluru, a decision that he has left at the hands of the federation.
"I am planning to play my last Davis Cup match in September," Bopanna told PTI from London. "I have been in the team since 2002. I want it to be held at home and I spoke to all the boys (Indian players) they are all happy to play in Bengaluru. KSLTA is also happy to have it there. Now it's up to our federation to see if they want to do it in Bangalore."
"Since I have been playing for 20 years, I just have to speak to captain and figure out if they want to do it there. It will be good for everyone to come and watch one last time. Playing at 43 is a bonus," Bopanna, who is only one on the four Indians to have won a Grand Slam title, added.
The All India Tennis Association (AITA) told PTI that it won't be able to give the tie to Karnataka State Lawn Tennis Association (KSLTA).
"To be fair, it would have been good for Rohan to play his last India-match in Bengaluru but we have already committed to UP. The tie will be played in Lucknow, it has already been decided," AITA Secretary General Anil Dhupar said.
Bopanna will overtake the legendary Vijay Amritraj in terms of number of Davis Cup appearances when he plays against Morocco. In his 32 ties, Bopanna won 12 singles matches and 10 doubles rubbers.
Bopanna also confirmed that he would continue to play on the ATP tour as another Indian wouldn't be given his spot.
"If I don't play on Tour, another Indian won't get that spot. Like if I don't play Wimbledon it's not like that spot will go to an Indian. But in Davis Cup, my spot will go to an Indian. It's been so many years, so there is a bunch of players coming up," said Bopanna.
Asked when he decided to quit the Davis Cup, Bopanna said that he had it in his mind for sometime and decided to leave in September since India will be playing at home.
"I always had it in my mind that I have to stop at some point of time. And since this is a home tie, I thought it's a good time to go. For country also it's significant," said Bopanna.