AITA drops Bhupathi, Bopanna

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The AITA dropped Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna from the the Davis Cup team for the upcoming tie against New Zealand and blooded youngsters to prepare the side for the future.

Veteran Leander Paes and singles exponent Somdev Devvarman were not considered after they made themselves unavailable for the tie, scheduled for September 14-16 in Chandigarh.

It will be a new-look Indian team with Yuki Bhambri, Vishnu Vardhan, Saketh Myneni, Divij Sharan, Sanam Singh and Sri Ram Balaji chosen in the squad picked in New Delhi on Saturday.

While Paes wants to play in the World Team Tennis competition in US, Somdev is still not fit enough for the Davis Cup tie.

The national body left out veteran Bhupathi and big serving Bopanna from the squad to send out a message that any kind of indiscipline will not be tolerated.

Bhupathi and Bopanna had created a big drama ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games when they refused to play with Paes and insisted on being paired together for the men’s doubles event.

Their challenge fell in the quarterfinals as none of the Indian pair returned with a medal from the Games.

The AITA had to agree to their demands but had indicated that the matter was not close and wielded the axe on Saturday.

India would strive to stay in Asia/Oceania Group I when they play the Kiwis in Chandigarh. The loser of the play-off tie will be relgated to Group II.

The last tie India played New Zealand was in 2004 when it had triumphed in the away tie 3-2.

The head-to-head record is tied 3-3 for the two teams.

Davis Cup team:

Yuki Bhambri, Vishnu Vardhan, Saketh Myneni, Divij Sharan, Sanam Singh and Sri Ram Balaji.

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