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Davis Cup: Bopanna to join squad on Wednesday for Morocco clash, says India captain Rajpal

Buoyed by his runner-up finish in men’s doubles at the recently concluded US Open, Rohan Bopanna will make a quick air dash to India and will join the Indian squad on Wednesday for the crucial Davis Cup World Group II play-offs fixture against Morocco scheduled to take place in Lucknow on Saturday and Sunday.

The two-day encounter, which will secure the winner a place in the World Group I Playoffs, will be played at the Vijayant Khand Mini Stadium in Gomti Nagar, Lucknow.

The 43-year-old Bopanna, who is currently seventh in the world in doubles rankings, etched his name in the history books last week by becoming the oldest player to compete in a Grand Slam doubles final at the US Open. He and his Australian partner Matthew Ebden lost to Rajeev Ram of the United States and Joe Salisbury of Great Britain in the final.

All India Tennis Association (AITA) President Anil Jain expressed his admiration for the tennis veteran and said: “The Davis Cup is a prestigious tournament and has witnessed many legendary moments. This tie in Lucknow is a momentous occasion for all of us. On behalf of AITA and all tennis enthusiasts in the country, we congratulate Rohan Bopanna and we all are eagerly waiting to witness him serving one last time for India at the Davis Cup. We applaud his dedication and the way he played at the US Final and honoured the spirit of the game.”

Besides Bopanna, the six-member Indian Davis Cup squad features a formidable line-up that includes the country’s top-ranked singles player Sumit Nagal along with Sasikumar Mukund, Digvijay Pratap Singh, Yuki Bhambri and Ramkumar Ramanathan.

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