Junior Indian Davis Cup Team Make World Group Cut After 5 Years
Junior Indian tennis team made it to world group of the Davis Cup after five years.
Siddhant Banthia and Adil Kalyanpur registered identical wins as junior Indian Davis Cup team qualified for the World Group after five years with a 2-0 win over Australia in the third-place Play-off here on Saturday.
Siddhant tamed Thomas James Bosancic 6-2 6-4 in the first singles and Adil sealed it for India with his win with the same score-line against Alexander Crnokrak.
India sealed their third place finish in the Asia\Oceania zone without even playing the doubles rubber round. Adil and Megh Patel were to feature in the dead rubber.
China and Japan were the other teams to qualify for the World Group.
India had lost to China (1-2) and Japan (1-2) while it beat Indonesia (3-0) Korea (2-1) and Thailand (2-1) in previous matches.
AITA President Anil Khanna announced a cash award of Rs 1 lakh each for all five players, including reserves –- Abhimanyu Bannenreddy and Suresh Dhakshineswar.
“It’s a kind of scholarship for the kids. They have done well and we are happy to reward their performance,” Khanna, who is also ITF Vice President, said.
India coach and captain Vishal Uppal was ecstatic with his players’ performance.
Honestly, we could have won the zone but we lost very close matches to China and Japan. They are top teams. Nobody gave us a chance but our boys showed that they were really good. The players fought their hearts out,” Uppal, himself a former Davis Cupper said.
I am extremely delighted with the team chemistry. The reserve players played a great part in team preparations. And Megh Patel was a big bonus for us. I took a risk to combine him with Adil but it really paid off in doubles. He brought a lot of energy in the side.Vishal Uppal
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