India should win 3-4 golds in CWG tennis: Mukerjea

Kolkata: Jaideep Mukherjea, the Chairman of CWG preparation programme for tennis, today predicted that India will pocket at least three gold medals during the New Delhi Commonwealth Games next month.

Tennis will make its debut as a CWG discipline during the October 3-14 Games.

"Our players, both men and women, are in very good shape and I expect three to four golds from the coming Commonwealth Games," Mukerjea said.

"With Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna excelling in the international circuits, we can surely expect that they would live up to the expectation in the Games as well," he said.

"In singles, Somdev Devvarman and Sania Mirza are quite experienced. I`m sure they would be able to rise to the occasion."

Mukerjea said India`s main challengers would be from Australia, England, Scotland and Canada, though the topmost player from Australia and England will not play in the games.

Somdev and Rohan will spearheaded India`s challenge in the men`s singles and will also team up for the men`s doubles.

Paes and Bhupathi will India`s second entry in the men`s doubles.

Sania Mirza, Poojashree Venkatesh and Rushmi Chakravarthy will play in the women`s singles. Poojashree and Rushmi Chakravarthi will also play the women`s doubles.

India are favourites to win the miced doubles title with Paes-Sania and Bopanna-Nirupama Sanjeev being the two entries.