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Chandigarh to host India-New Zealand Davis Cup tie

Punjab,Sports, Tue, 10 Apr 2012 IANS

Chandigarh, April 10 (IANS) The India-New Zealand Davis Cup tie will be played in Chandigarh in September, a senior tennis official said here Tuesday.


The tie will be played at the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA) courts in Sector 10 here.


CLTA chairman Rajan Kashyap, quoting the All-India Tennis Association (AITA) secretary general Anil Khanna, announced that the Davis Cup tie would be played here.


Chandigarh had last hosted a Davis Cup tie in 1994. It was played between India and Australia.


The announcement was made Tuesday when leading tennis player Leander Paes played an exhibition match at the CLTA court.


"The popularity of tennis is increasing in the country. We need to have more professional tennis academies," Paes told reporters.


He said that he was preparing for the London Olympics as "winning an Olympic medal in doubles was one thing close to the heart".


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