Leander Paes looking forward to playing in front of daughter Ayana at Davis Cup
Indian tennis ace Leander Paes, who recently won another doubles Grand Slam title at the US Open 2015, said on Thursday that he was looking forward to playing in front of her daughter Ayana.
New Delhi: Indian tennis ace Leander Paes, who recently won another doubles Grand Slam title at the US Open 2015, said on Thursday that he was looking forward to playing in front of her daughter Ayana.
Paes was looking slightly relieved after Bombay High Court allowed daughter Aiyana to accompany him to the Davis Cup from September 18 to 20.
Speaking to Times Now, Paes said, "I am really looking forward to Ayana being with me here in Delhi for this Davis Cup. It's been a while since I played for her and showed her how papa can through his tennis can teach the young child on excellence, on how to be the best they can be, on how to represent the country and the people. I am hoping she can come thus weekend and I hope good sense prevails."
Paes has been involved in a court battle with his estranged partner Rhea Pillai to gain custody of their daughter.
Paes arrived in New Delhi on Wednesday morning to take part in the Davis Cup World Group Playoff against the Czech Republic this weekend.
Talking about the upcoming Davis Cup clash against Czech Republic, the 42-year-old said that they had a strong squad.
"Very much. It's really going to be a tough outing for us. We have got a very formidable Czech team. Even though they have come here without their number one player – Thomas Berdych – the depth in the Czech team is amazing," he added.
The rest of Indian Davis Cup squad comprises Yuki Bhambri, Somdev Devvarman and Rohan Bopanna is already here, preparing for the September 18-20 clash which, if they win, will elevate the team to the World Group in 2016.