TENNIS Bhupathi-Bopanna dropped from Davis Cup team
AITA select young squad to take on New Zealand next month
New Delhi: The All India Tennis Association (AITA) on Saturday decided to drop Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna from the Davis Cup team that will take on New Zealand on September 14.
The decision was made in a meeting of the AITA selection committee under the chairmanship of Anil Dhupar. The committee also had a telephone conversation with S.P. Misra, the captain of the Indian Davis Cup team.
Bharat Ojha, secretary general of AITA, informed the committee that the AITA executive committee meeting had taken place July 1 and had decided not to consider Bhupathi and Bopanna for the selection of the Davis Cup team against New Zealand.
This view of the executive committee was endorsed by the president of AITA Yashwant Sinha.
“Mahesh and Rohan were available but were not considered in view of the stand taken by them regarding the selection for the Olympics team,” Ojha told reporters.
“The Davis Cup team has been selected on the basis of our Olympic show. We are going with a young team keeping in mind the future.”
The chairman thereafter took the views of the selectors. He mentioned that Somdev Devvarman has not yet recovered fully from his operation and has expressed a desire to be left out of the current team and he has stated he would be available for the ties next year.
Leander Paes has also expressed a desire not to be considered for the Davis Cup tie against New Zealand.