Paes to play first singles against Alayli

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:27 IST

Leander Paes to start India's campaign in the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Zone tie against Lebanon when he takes on Karim Alayli on Friday in Beirut.

Paes to play first singles against Alayli

Beirut:

India's number one Leander Paes will kick-start the country's campaign in the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Zone tie against Lebanon when he takes on Karim Alayli of the host country in the first singles match tomorrow.Harsh Mankad will play Lebanon's top player Ali Hamadeh in the second singles, according to the draw announced today. In the doubles to be played on Saturday, ace combination of Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi will clash with the pair of Hamadeh and Patrick Chucri.The reverse singles are scheduled for Sunday. India, who have been practicing on the hard indoor surface after reaching here on Sunday, start favourites with non-playing captain Ramesh Krishnan quite confident of the team getting past Lebanon."We should come through. We are quite positive about it," Krishnan said. "We have been practising here for the last few days and our preparation is good," he said. Krishnan said the decision not to field Bhupathi in the singles was a collective one. "He hasn't been playing much in the singles of late. I think, he himself will be more comfortable playing only the doubles match here."The two countries had last met in Lucknow in 1999 when Lebanon had extended India into the fourth rubber after winning the doubles in the absence of Bhupathi. (PTI)



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