In what Leander Paes described as the first marriage proposal witnessed by him during a Davis Cup, India’s Saketh Myneni proposed to his girlfriend Sri Lakshmi Anumolu during the official Davis Cup dinner on Wednesday, which the UPSC aspirant agreed to with an “okay”.
The All India Tennis Association (AITA) then arranged for a cake for the newly engaged couple to celebrate the occasion.
One of India’s two singles players selected for the World Group Playoff tie, 119-ranked Myneni made his Grand Slam debut at the recently-concluded US Open, making the main draw by coming through the qualifiers. The 28-year-old Visakhapatnam resident suffered a tough first-round loss to Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic, holding a lead in the fifth set before cramps struck and he went on to lose 7-5 in the fifth. Vesely withdrew from his second-round match against world number one Novak Djokovic with a shoulder injury.