Team India will field their top ranked players against Pakistan in next month’s first round Davis Cup tie (Group I, Asia/Oceania) to be played in Islamabad, Pakistan on 14-15 September, 2019.
The All India Tennis Association (AITA) named two highest-ranked Singles player, Prajnesh Gunneswaran (90) and Ramkumar Ramanathan (184) for four Singles encounters. Saketh Myneni will be the additional Singles player as Sumit Nagal (196) made himself unavailable due to an ankle injury.
The 2018 Asian Games gold medalist pair of Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan will play the only Doubles match. Mahesh Bhupathi will be India's non-playing captain for the tie. World no. 292 Sasikumar Mukund has been named as a reserve player.
This will be India's first Davis Cup tour to Pakistan in 55 years and team India's coach Zeeshan Ali too shared his excitement for the historic tie.
“The good news for us is that all our top players have come forward to play in this tie despite the security concerns they had initially,” Ali says.
India have their eyes on the World Group play-off as a win against the neighbours will take India to the World Group Play-offs, something they've done in their last six attempts.
Mahesh Bhupathi along with coach Zeeshan Ali are yet to come up with a pre-tournament training camp which will have a gap of just one week after the US Open.
“The problem is that the tie will be close to the US Open which will end a week before the tie. So a lot depends on how far the players reach at the major, and then how quickly they can get back to New Delhi where we will assemble,” Ali explains.
Indian Squad: Prajnesh Gunneswaran, Ramkumar Ramanathan, Saketh Myneni, Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan.
Captain: Mahesh Bhupathi
Coach: Zeeshan Ali