Davis Cup: Ramkumar to play Schnur, Yuki takes on Shapovalov on day 1

The opening day of the India-Canada Davis Cup tie will see world number 154 Ramkumar Ramanathan take on debutant Bradley Schnur, while Yuki Bhambri faces world number 51 Denis Shapovalov.

Ramkumar Ramanathan, as India’s number one player, will play the first singles match against 202 ranked Bradley Schnur, who is making his first Davis Cup appearance.   -  K. Murali Kumar

In a favourable draw, Ramkumar Ramanathan, ranked 154, will open India’s campaign at the Davis Cup World Group Play-off tie against debutant Bradley Schnur, while Yuki Bhambri will play a crucial second singles against world number 51 Denis Shapovalov.

Ramkumar, as India’s number one player will play the first singles and could not have asked for an easier outing, against 22-year-old Schnur, who is ranked 202.

The Canadian team did not field world number 82 Vasek Pospisil for the singles, probably since he's not in the best of form.

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India captain Mahesh Bhupathi has sprung a surprise by teaming up Rohan Bopanna with Purav Raja instead of Saketh Myneni for the doubles rubber, to be played on Saturday.

Raja was brought into the team last minute as a reserve player when N Sri Ram Balaji, one of the two reserves named initially in the squad, twisted his ankle during the training camp in New York.

On the final day, Yuki will take on Schnur and Ramkumar will lock horns with Shapovalov in the reverse singles.

The Indian team is making its fourth straight attempt to make it to the elite 16-nation World Group, having lost to Serbia (2014), Czech Republic (2015) and Spain (2016) in the Play-offs in the last three years.