Bopanna holds hope for Indian tennis

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

Though India bowed out of the Davis Cup, failing to reach the World Group of 16 countries, the performance of Rohan Bopanna holds out hope for the future.

Bopanna holds hope for Indian tennis

New Delhi:

Though India lost 5-0 to Holland in the Davis Cup making it the fourth consecutive failure to reach the World Group of 16 countries, the performance of Rohan Bopanna holds out hope for the future.The big server from Coorg came within two points of beating Martin Verkerk in the first singles of the Davis Cup. The marathon four-hour 40-minute five-setter may have gone the way of the French Open finalist, but the effort has done wonders for Bopanna's confidence.Another promising talent Harsh Mankad, the winner of almost half a dozen doubles titles on the Challenger and Futures circuit this year, only got to play a reverse singles match when India had already conceded the tie to Holland.Harsh, the son of former Test cricketer Ashok Manakad, believes Indian tennis is ready to emerge from the shadow of Paes and Bhupathi.All in all, the outlook for Indian tennis is positive a€" Bopanna is taking part in the Asian Championships in Uzbekistan which could earn him a wildcard for the Australian Open and Prakash Amritraj, who made his Davis Cup debut against Holland, has already booked a wild card to play in the $550,000 Thailand Open.



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