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Paes dropped from Davis Cup squad, 27-year run halted

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Long-serving Leander Paes has been dropped for the first time in 27 years from India’s Davis Cup squad as non-playing captain Mahesh Bhupathi picked Rohan Bopanna instead for the tie against Uzbekistan.

Justifying his decision to pick Bopanna over Paes, Bhupathi said Rohan is serving and seeing the ball well and that is the basis of the decision. Bhupathi said it was a tough decision to drop his one-time doubles partner. When asked if it was end of the road for Paes, Bhupathi responded in the negative.

The Asia/Oceania Zone Group I tie begins in Bengaluru tomorrow.

Bopanna will pair up with Sriram Balaji in the second round doubles tie and lock horns with Farrukh Dustov and Sanjar Fayziev.

Ramkumar Ramanathan will spearhead India’s singles challenge in place of injured Yuki Bhambri. Ramanathan will face Temur Ismailov in the first singles rubber tomorrow.

Prajnesh Gunneswaran, who replaced the injured Bhambri, will take on Fayziev in the second singles rubber.

In the reverse singles on Sunday, Ramanathan could face Fayziev and Gunneswaran will be playing the final rubber against Ismailov.

Asked whether Denis Istomin’s absence would be advantageous for India, Bhupathi said it is a big blow for Uzbekistan.

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