After having made it to the World Group for the last two years, India will now have to be content with fighting to retain their place in the Asia/Oceania final qualifying stage of the Junior Davis Cup.
After a disastrous outing against Indonesia on Thursday, the Indian juniors will be fighting for a 13-16 placement as their hopes of finishing in the 9-12 bracket went up in smoke at the DLTA.
The under-16 team began the day on a wrong note as Fatehdeep Singh lost in an hour and 40 minutes to Irfandy Hendrawan 2-6, 6-7 (4). However, all did not seem lost after the country’s top under-16 player, Shaik Abdullah, took little over an hour to comfortably thrash M Rizky Widianto 6-2, 6-1.
But, the deciding doubles tie proved to be an embarrassment as the duo of Singh and Abdullah lost in little over an hour. In the first set, the Indians played a superb game to go 5-3 up.
They moved on the court in sync and looked out for each other. But, they just lost the plot henceforth.
They allowed the Indonesian pair of Hendrawan and Nur Adim Ramdani to grab the first set 7-5 committing a host of unforced errors. While the Indonesian pair seemed to be playing with purpose, the Indians were on court just for the sake of being there.
“I really don’t know what to say,” said India captain Vishal Uppal. “It was nothing but an embarrassment.” India take on New Zealand on Friday.