Mahesh Bhupathi will take over as the non-playing captain of the Indian Davis Cup squad for a two-year term, the All India Tennis Association (AITA) has announced. However, Anand Amritraj will continue as captain for the tie against New Zealand to be played in Pune in February.
In a surprise move, the AITA dropped India's highest-ranked men’s doubles player Rohan Bopanna for the New Zealand tie.
“When Rohan and Saketh (Myneni) played New Zealand last year, they lost to Marcus Daniell and Artem Sitak in straight sets. And the way Saketh and Leander Paes played against Marc Lopez and Rafael Nadal (World Group playoff), they almost upset them. So we thought
The selection committee, headed by former Davis Cup captain S.P. Misra, brought back Yuki Bhambri. Myneni. Ramkumar Ramanathan, Paes and Prajnesh Gunneswaran complete the line-up. Youngsters Adil Kalyanpur and Nitin Kumar Sinha have been nominated
For the Fed Cup, Sania Mirza, along with India singles No. 1 Ankita Raina, will spearhead the team and
Balram Singh, Bal, Rohit Rajpal, Zeeshan and AITA secretary-general Hironmoy Chatterjee were the other members of the selection committee that met on Thursday (Dec 22).
Davis Cup:Saketh Myneni, Ramkumar Ramanathan, Yuki Bhambri, Leander Paes and Prajnesh Gunneswaran.
Reserves: Adil Kalyanpur, Nitin Kumar Sinha.
Captain: Anand Amritraj; Coach: Zeeshan Ali.
Fed Cup: Sania Mirza, Ankita Raina, Snehadevi Reddy, Karman Kaur Thandi, Riya Bhatia, Prarthana Thombare.
Captain and coach: Nandan Bal.
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