Indian tennis team arrives in Pakistan for Davis Cup after 60 years

Indian tennis team arrives in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: In a landmark development and after six decades of political and diplomatic tensions, India and Pakistan were finally facing each other on the tennis court.

The two teams will face off each other at the premier international team event in men’s tennis, run by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and contested annually between teams from over 140 competing countries.

The Davis Cup tie between the two tennis teams was scheduled for February 3 and February 4 at the Islamabad Sports Complex.

The Indian tennis team, consisting of five players and officials, arrived in Islamabad on a special flight. They were greeted by a large crowd of fans, media, and security personnel.

The Davis Cup had begun in 1900 as a challenge between USA and Great Britain, but soon expanded to include other countries. By 2023, 155 nations had entered the competition. The most successful countries were the United States, Australia, and Great Britain, but France, Sweden, Italy, and Czechoslovakia had also won the trophy. Pakistan and India had never won the Davis Cup, but they had a rich history of tennis in the region.

The last time Pakistan had hosted the Indian team was in 1964, when the two countries were still relatively friendly. The Indian team had won that tie 4-1, but the matches were close and competitive. Since then, the two countries had fought several wars and conflicts, and their relations had deteriorated. They had met in the Davis Cup only twice, in 1973 and 2006, both times on neutral venues. India had won both ties, but Pakistan had put up a good fight.

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