India has lost the World Group Play-off tie of Davis Cup Tennis Tournament to the host Canada 2-3. Yesterday, in Edmonton Canadian Denis Shapovalov defeated Ramkumar Ramanathan 6-3 7-6(1) 6-3 in a must win match. The onus to keep India alive was on 22-year-old Ramkumar and his defeat means that the country will yet again strive in the Asia/Oceania Group I in the 2018 season.
However, Yuki Bhambri won the dead fifth match against Brayden Schnur 6-4 4-6 6-4 this morning.
It is fourth straight year that India have not managed to cross the World Group Play-offs hurdle, having lost to Serbia, Czech Republic and Spain in previous three attempts. Canada, who had lost to Great Britain in the first round,
in February, go back to elite 16-nation World Group.