Lack of talent is a concern: Paes

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Dubai, Oct 5 (UNI) Former Davis Cup captain Leander Paes today lamented that the lack of young talent is a matter of concern for the future of Indian tennis.

Paes said the dearth of promising youngsters will prevent India from winning singles titles in major tournaments, including the Davis Cup.

The lack of world class singles players was amply evident during India's Davis Cup tie against Romania last month. India lost all the singles matches with the lone victory coming in the doubles courtesy the veteran duo of Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi.

''Our depth of talent in singles is turning out to be a matter of concern now. Ever since Ramesh Krishnan and myself played the singles, this had been a problem area. While we can still think of three to four options for doubles, the same cannot be said of singles which would win us the matches. Somdev (Devverman)looks promising but he has just started and others who have been around for a while have not been able to deliver,'' Paes said in an interview to the Gulf News.

Despite playing at the international level for the better part of two decades, Paes said he is still enjoying the game and nothing gives him a bigger high than playing for India.

''Whenever it's a question of playing for India, I have tried to raise the bar and had been extremely fortunate to win a singles bronze in 1996 at Atlanta. I think it's been my single biggest achievement so far,'' he said.

Paes steered clear of his spat with one time doubles partner Mahesh Bhupathi.

''Fortunately, my tennis is going well. I can look back with a great degree of satisfaction at the longevity of my career and that's what matters to me. I have nothing more to add on this issue,'' he stated.


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