New Delhi: Veteran Leander Paes will have the opportunity to add to his Asian Games medal tally as he is set to be included in the Indian tennis team for the upcoming Games even as the country's premier singles player Yuki Bhambri will prefer competing in the US Open if he makes the cut.
The AITA selection committee will meet on Monday to announce the squad and sources told PTI that the 44-year-old Paes, who skipped the last two editions, has confirmed his availability along with most of the leading men's and women's singles players, including Rohan Bopanna and Ankita Raina.
Yuki, ranked 93, has told AITA that if he gets direct entry into the last Grand Slam of the season, he won't be available.
Yuki figures in government's TOP Scheme for financial assistance but interestingly the youngster has not taken any fund so far as he was not willing to commit his availability for the Games since the tennis event in Indonesia will end just before the US Open, which could affect his recovery ahead of the Grand Slam.
As of now, it is not known if Yuki will make the cut or not but AITA is bound to send the names of Indian squad members to the organisers by 15 June.
Tennis events in Palembang are finishing just ahead of the main draw of US Open, beginning 27 August. The US Open qualifiers are clashing with the Games.
The doubles players can play both Asian Games and US Open since the dou...