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Somdev to lead Indian challenge

other Updated: Aug 14, 2010 00:33 IST

India’s No.1 Somdev Devvarman will lead the country's challenge in the Oct 3-14 Commonwealth Games men's tennis event here and next month's Davis Cup World Group play-off tie against Brazil in Chennai.

Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna are other players selected Friday by the committee comprising Anil Dhupar (chairman), S.P. Misra, Rohit Rajpal and Balram Singh for both the events.

Yuki Bhambri, Vishnu Vardhan and V.M. Ranjeet have been nominated as reserve players for the Commonwealth Games.

Vishnu Vardhan, Ranjeet Virali Murugesan and Divij Sharan are the reserves for the Davis Cup tie. Misra will continue to be the non-playing captain of the team.

The selection of the women's team has been deferred by a week, till the conclusion of the ongoing coaching camp at Pune on the recommendations of the coaches for the Games' preparation -- Jaidip Mukerjea, Nandan Bal and Enrico Piperno.

"The trials are still going, the coaches are overseeing the players' performances. Once the camp gets over, they will be in a better position to recommend the names," Mukerjea told IANS.

The selection committee also discussed the clash of the ATP World Tour doubles with the November Asian Games and has deferred the decision for nominating the team for the event.