Injured Yuki Bhambri out of India’s Davis Cup tie versus Uzbekistan
In a big setback to India’s hopes, the country’s leading singles player Yuki Bhambri was ruled out of their Davis Cup Asia Oceania Group I Round 2 tie against Uzbekistan due to a knee injury.
Yuki is seen as a vital cog in India’s scheme for the tie to be played in Bangalore from April 7. His absence will make it extremely tough for the hosts to challenge the visitors, who will be led by world No 70 Denis Istomin.
The Delhi player did not report to the preparatory camp, which began in Bangalore on Sunday. The 24-year-old, who is 307 in the ATP rankings, has a history of injury woes.
Ramkumar Ramanathan will now spearhead India’s singles challenge, although he has been struggling for form in recent times.
Non-playing captain Mahesh Bhupathi had picked four singles specialists for the tie and it will now be imperative that he play either Leander Paes or Rohan Bopanna or both the doubles specialists.
If Bhupathi picks only one doubles player, both Prajnesh Gunneswaran and N Sriram Balaji will make their Davis Cup debuts and the latter will surely feature in the doubles rubber.
Bhupathi had caused some controversy after relegating Paes and Bopanna to the reserves while picking only singles specialists for the tie.