Davis Cup: Nagal dropped; Yuki back for Denmark tie

IMAGE: Yuki Bhambri in action during the first round match against Matthew Ebden of Australia at the Singapore Tennis Open on February 24, 2021. Photograph: Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images for Sport Singapore

Sumit Nagal has been dropped from the five-member Indian Davis Cup team for the World Group 1 play-off tie against Denmark in New Delhi next month, the All India Tennis Association said on Wednesday.

 

Nagal (World No 222) made way for Yuki Bhambri (863) in the squad which also has Ramkumar Ramanathan (182) and Prajnesh Gunneswaran (228) as the other singles players.

The team has been selected keeping in mind the playing surface as both India’s top-ranked singles player — Ramkumar and comeback man Yuki — are comfortable playing on grass courts.

Gunneswaran and Nagal, on the other hand, are not grass court players.

Besides, doubles specialist Rohan Bopanna has retained his place in the squad alongside Divij Sharan, AITA said.

Saketh Myneni and Digvijay Pratap Singh  are the two reserve players in the squad, to be coached by Zeeshan Ali, and has Rohit Rajpal as non-playing captain.

The tie will be held at the grass courts of Delhi Gymkhana Club on March 4 and 5, in a bio-security bubble.

The team was handpicked after a virtual meeting of the Professional Selection Committee of AITA on January 29.

According to a statement issued by AITA, the meeting was attended by chairman Nandan Bal, members Balram Singh, Mustafa Ghouse, Sai Jayalakshmy, Rajpal, Zeeshan Ali and AITA secretary general Anil Dhupar.

The team will assemble in New Delhi on February 23.

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