Leander Paes opts out of New Zealand Davis Cup tie

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New Delhi: Senior pro Leander Paes has opted out of subsequent month’s Davis Cup tie opposite New Zealand as selectors announced a four-member group to be led by singles stars Somdev Devvarman and Yuki Bhambri.

Paes had played in a World Group play-off tie opposite Serbia in Bangalore, that India mislaid 2-3 in Sep final year.

File Photo of Leander Paes. ReutersFile Photo of Leander Paes. Reuters

File Photo of Leander Paes. Reuters

In Paes’ absence, seasoned supporter Rohan Bopanna and Saketh Myneni will do a doubles avocation in a Jul 17-19 tie, to be
hold in Christchurch.

Talented youngster Ramkumar Ramanathan is also in a side as a haven player.

Speaking to PTI, Selection Committee authority S P Misra said, “Paes has opted out given he has other commitments. He
pronounced he was not accessible for this tie.”

“The singles players, Yuki and Somdev name themselves.”

Misra pronounced given it was an divided tie, one haven has been kept in a side. Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan was partial of a patrol in a Bangalore tie along with Ramkumar.

India manager Zeeshan Ali said, “Paes has not given any specific reason though he pronounced he would be accessible for a subsequent tie in September.”

Zeeshan is of a perspective that a conditions would be severe for his side, that would certainly start as favourite.

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“On paper we seem strong. But we will be personification in 5 to 8 degrees temperature. We are not used to personification in such impassioned cold conditions nonetheless we will be personification indoors. And they are a opposite side from a one that trafficked to Chandigarh and mislaid 0-5 (in 2012). Their dual players are in top-100 doubles and doing well.”

While New Zealand have no singles players featuring even in top-300, they have 3 in doubles top-100 — Artem Sitak (42), Michael Venus (52) and Marcus Daniell (78).

Zeeshan also pronounced that a group will transport to Christchurch one week before a tie.

“We can’t go progressing due to Wimbledon,” he said.

In a head-to-head record, India have beaten New Zealand 4 times in 7 ties.

PTI

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