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India bank on Prajnesh, CSC grass courts to upset Italy

By The Assam Tribune

KOLKATA, Jan 31: India would rely heavily on in-form Prajnesh Gunneswaran and favourable home conditions to upset former champions Italy in their bid to qualify for the inaugural Davis Cup Group Finals when the two teams clash in the Qualifiers starting here from Friday.

At the official draw on the eve of their matches, Italy pulled a surprise on India when they left out their top-ranked Marco Cecchinato out of the singles draw, naming veteran Andreas Seppi and Matteo Berrettini, who will make Davis Cup debut at 22 years.

Ramkumar Ramanathan will take on World No. 37 Seppi, while Berrettini is seen to lend the X-factor to the side as he will face India number one Prajnesh in the opening day�s rubbers.

Cecchinato has been named in the doubles and he would partner the 2015 Australian Open doubles winner Simone Bolelli against India�s formidable duo of Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan.

The rejigged Davis Cup enters a new era with 12 qualifiers across the globe on the road to Madrid Finals in November.

Against a team which leads 4-1 on head-to-head record, India have returned to their favourite Calcutta South Club (CSC) grass courts after 16 years.

The venue boasts of an impressive 8-2 win-loss record for India, including the solitary victory over Italy in the 1985�s World Group 1st Round. � PTI

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India bank on Prajnesh, CSC grass courts to upset Italy

KOLKATA, Jan 31: India would rely heavily on in-form Prajnesh Gunneswaran and favourable home conditions to upset former champions Italy in their bid to qualify for the inaugural Davis Cup Group Finals when the two teams clash in the Qualifiers starting here from Friday.

At the official draw on the eve of their matches, Italy pulled a surprise on India when they left out their top-ranked Marco Cecchinato out of the singles draw, naming veteran Andreas Seppi and Matteo Berrettini, who will make Davis Cup debut at 22 years.

Ramkumar Ramanathan will take on World No. 37 Seppi, while Berrettini is seen to lend the X-factor to the side as he will face India number one Prajnesh in the opening day�s rubbers.

Cecchinato has been named in the doubles and he would partner the 2015 Australian Open doubles winner Simone Bolelli against India�s formidable duo of Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan.

The rejigged Davis Cup enters a new era with 12 qualifiers across the globe on the road to Madrid Finals in November.

Against a team which leads 4-1 on head-to-head record, India have returned to their favourite Calcutta South Club (CSC) grass courts after 16 years.

The venue boasts of an impressive 8-2 win-loss record for India, including the solitary victory over Italy in the 1985�s World Group 1st Round. � PTI