One time only? Cash accepts invitation at Chennai
MADRAS, India -- Pat Cash is making a return to the ATP Tour after an eight-year absence.
The 40-year-old Australian will play doubles with teenager Karan Rastogi in the season-opening Chennai Open that begins Monday.
Cash arrived at the Chennai Open as a television commentator, but accepted the invitation to pair up with the 19-year-old Rastogi. Ranked 561st in doubles, Rastogi was granted a wild card after Cash agreed to play.
"It'll be nice to play on the tour again, but I wasn't planning things that way," Cash said Sunday.
They'll face the second-seeded German duo of Rainer Schuettler and Alexander Waske.
The former Wimbledon champion won seven singles and 12 doubles titles during his career. Rastogi was 8 months old when Cash won Wimbledon in 1987.
Besides television work, Cash plays on the senior tour, runs a tennis academy and plays guitar in a band. Cash said this ATP Tour outing wouldn't prompt him to return for more.
"It's not so easy," he said. "Even here, I hope to ride on Karan's back."
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press