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One time only? Cash accepts invitation at Chennai

1/1/2006 - Tennis

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."