Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: India's top male tennis player, Somdev Devvarman, has pulled out of the XVII Asian Games which starts in the South Korean city of Incheon on September 19.
The 29-year-old said he was opting out of the quadrennial sporting gala to focus on the professional circuit to improve his ranking. As of August 2014, Devvarman is ranked 147th in the world. He reached a career-high 62 in July 2011.
In the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games, he won two gold medals – men's singles and doubles, with Sanam Singh. He also won singles gold medal at the Delhi Commonwealth Games under the national flag. Tennis was, however, excluded from the recent Glasgow Games.
However, he will play in India's Davis Cup World Group play-off against the 2010 champions, Serbia. The Serbian team, along with the world No.1 Novak Djokovic will play India in Bangalore from September 12 to 14.
He was honoured with the Arjuna Award in 2011.