Yuki Bhambri will open India's Davis Cup campaign against Serbia, drawn against visiting side's number two player Dusan Lajovic for the first singles match of the World Group playoff tie, beginning here Friday.
Veteran star Leander Paes is set to combine with Rohan Bopanna for the doubles rubber during the Davis Cup tie against Serbia, Indian captain Anand Amritraj confirmed Sunday but he says nothing has been decided on the Asian Games squad as yet.
India's tennis campaign at the Asian Games appears to be falling apart even before the start as a cloud of doubt is now hanging over Rohan Bopanna's participation since the top doubles player is keen to salvage his 2014 pro season by playing on the ATP Tour instead of competing in Incheon.
The AITA secretary Bharat Oza today made it clear that the national selection committee needs to take a call on whether they would like to "go backwards" after veterans Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes announced their availability for the Davis Cup tie at home against Serbia.
Tennis ace Mahesh Bhupathi today declared his availability for India`s Davis Cup World Group play-off match at home against Serbia later in the year, saying that doubles rubber could be crucial against a strong opposition.
India`s Davis Cup captain Anand Amritraj today defended his choice of Sanam Singh for the second singles, saying he was best-suited for the medium-slow surface in the tie against South Korea, starting on Friday.
A player cannot pull off a marathon five-setter on his own and it takes contribution from the entire team to eke out such a win, Somdev Devvarman said today after winning a tough second singles match against Ti Chen.
India`s Davis Cup captain Anand Amritraj today said it was difficult to change Somdev Devvarman`s defensive approach towards his game as the country`s number one singles player struggled to close out his match against Ti Chen despite earning four match points.
India`s new Davis Cup captain Anand Amritraj feels that veteran Mahesh Bhupathi, who is all set to retire this year, should get a farewell tie but made it clear that it was not in his hands to decide on the matter.
Former player Anand Amritraj, who was appointed Davis Cup captain last month, today stressed on the importance of developing a good second singles player who can ease the pressure on India`s top player Somdev Devvarman.
Newly-appointed Davis Cup captain Anand Amritraj is confident that it will be "smooth sailing" for the Indian team in 2014 as the players` revolt was thing of the past but he wants to have a say in the decision-making process for taking the team back to the elite World Group.
The current lot of players are good enough to take India into Davis Cup World Group next year but it requires special talent to be in top-100, yesteryear Indian tennis icon Anand Amritraj said on Saturday.
The All India Tennis Association (AITA) will be honouring veteran Ramanathan Krishnan and his son Ramesh, Anand Amritraj and Mahesh Bhupathi with the ITF Davis Cup Commitment award on Saturday during the Asia/Oceania Group I play-off tie between India and Indonesia.
Former Davis Cupper Anand Amritraj today described the ongoing crisis in Indian tennis following the players` revolt against the AITA a shame and said that both the parties should work out a comprise formula and resolve the issue quickly.