Indian Davis Cup team leaves for Chinese Taipei

Updated: 01 March 2009 14:09 IST

Indian Davis Cup team leaves on Sunday night for Chinese Taipei to take on the hosts in the second round tie of the Asia/Oceania Group I.

Indian Davis Cup team leaves for Chinese Taipei

New Delhi:

Indian Davis Cup team leaves on Sunday night for Chinese Taipei to take on the hosts in the second round tie of the Asia/Oceania Group I, beginning from March 6. India got a bye in the first round while Chinese Taipei had stunned Kazakhstan in their first round.

It will be a first meeting for the two teams, who are bidding for a place in the final round, the winners of which will qualify for the World Group I play-offs.

Somdev Devvarman and Rohan Bopanna will play in the singles while star pair of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi will take care of doubles challenge.

Sanam Singh will travel with the team as a reserve player. Somdev is already in Chinese Taipei.

US passport holder Prakash Amritraj was left out of the team as he was rendered ineligible for selection due to new sports policy, which allows only Indian citizens to represent the country.

India non-playing captain Shiv Prakash Misra was confident his team's good show.

"We are going with a positive frame of mind. We have good singles player in Somdev and (Leander) Paes and (Mahesh) Bhupathi are very dangerous pair," Misra said before departure.

"We are a very good Davis Cup team and I am hoping for a favourable result for India," he added.



Topics : Tennis
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