One time only? Cash accepts invitation at Chennai

Updated: January 1, 2006, 4:57 PM ET
Associated Press

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