Indore: India's new Davis Cup captain Anand Amritraj says that he feels veteran Mahesh Bhupathi, who is all set to retire this year, should get a farewell tie but made it clear that it was not in his hands to decide on the matter. Bhupathi has said that he will play a few select tournaments before hanging his racquet and Wimbledon championship is likely to be his last competition as a player. At that time he will be 40.
Bhupathi is not in the current team, which will take on Chinese Taipei from Friday, as higher-ranked Rohan Bopanna (13) is the lone doubles specialist in the team. If India manage to win this Group I tie, they will play Korea in an away tie in April. The selectors keep rankings in mind while choosing the squad and unless Bhupathi, currently placed 38, has some outstanding results, his ranking will not improve.
Amritraj, who is captaining the side for the first time in non-playing role, says personally he would like to see Bhupathi playing one last time for the country in Davis Cup since he has served the country for so long. "It's not my decision entirely. On a personal level, I think he should have a farewell tie. But it's not only my decision. It's entirely up to the selection committee to decide on this," Amritraj told PTI after team's practice session.