Sanam Singh new face in Indian Davis cup squadFebruary 19th, 2009 - 8:51 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) Chandigarh’s Sanam Singh is the new face in India’s Davis Cup squad while Rohan Bopanna will make a comeback for the away tie against Chinese Taipei from March 6-8.
It is for the first time that India face Chinese Taipei in the Davis Cup.
Bopanna, who was replaced by a higher ranked Somdev Devvarman for India’s World Group play-off in Romania last year, had made into the side to fill in for Prakash Amritraj whose American passport has rendered him ineligible to represent India as per the new government policy.
Former Davis Cupper S.P.Mishra, would continue to be the non-playing captain of the side which also includes Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi and Somdev.
Sanam’s national call-up came a day after he was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2009 US Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s (ITA) national team indoor championships.
Sanam, a University of Virginia sophomore, was ranked 24th in the ITA rankings at the beginning of the year.
As a promising junior, Sanam was ranked as high as No. 4 among the world juniors before he went to the US. He played in all four junior Grand Slams and reached the round of 16 at the Australian Open and Wimbledon.
Sanam was also the 2005 Asian and Asia-Oceania junior champion. He won ITF Futures tournament in Delhi in 2005 to become the youngest Indian Futures winner at 19.
The 21-year-old played in the 2009 Chennai Open qualifiers beating junior Australian Champion Yuki Bhambri in the opening round but lost to Bopanna in the next.
In 2008, India reached the World Group play-offs for the first time since 2005, but lost to Romania. They will start 2009 in Asia-Oceania Zone Group I.