The All India Tennis Association (AITA) introduced India’s groups for the Davis Cup conflict in opposition to Italy and likewise for the Fed Cup. According to a launch by the AITA, India will host Italy for the Davis Cup World Group qualifier tie on the Calcutta South Club from February 1, 2019. While the Fed Cup Asia/Oceania Group occasion will happen in Astana, Kazakhstan in February.
For the Davis Cup, Divij Sharan has been included within the Indian group. Along aspect Sharan, veteran Rohan Bopanna, Saketh Myneni, Ramkumar Ramanathan and Sasi Kumar Mukund are the opposite gamers included within the group.
Davis Cup non-playing captain Mahesh Bhupathi had earlier mentioned that this shall be India’s finest likelihood to beat Italy within the qualifiers for the finals as they’re taking part in on grass.
India have had a current spate of constructive outcomes on grass and Bhupathi feels that can maintain them in good stead within the two-day tie.
Ramkumar Ramanathan completed because the runner-up in his first last on the ATP World Tour, a grass court docket match in Newport earlier this yr whereas Prajnesh shocked World No.23 Dennis Shapovalov on the grass within the opening spherical of the Stuttgart Open.
The Italians, led by world No 13 Fabio Fognini are superior to India on laborious and clay courts however India can be seeking to repeat their 1985 heroics once they acquired the higher of Italy within the World Group first spherical.
Meanwhile, India has named — Ankita Raina, Karman Thandi, Pranjala Yadlappalli, Prarthana Thombare and Rutuja Bhosale for the Fed Cup.
Vishal Uppal would be the captain of the Fed Cup group with Ankita Bhambri named because the coach.
Davis Cup: Prajnesh Gunneswaran, Ramkumar Ramanathan, Divij Sharan, Rohan Bopanna, Saketh Myneni and Sasi Kumar Mukund.
Fed Cup: Ankita Raina, Karman Thandi, Pranjala Yadlappalli, Prarthana Thombare and Rutuja Bhosale.
(With IANS inputs)