Davis Cup Qualifier 2019: India captain Mahesh Bhupathi says TOPS should also support men's singles players
Indian Davis Cup captain Mahesh Bhupathi rued that tennis had never got the kind of support that boxing or wrestling got from the government, urging them to include men's singles players in Target Olympic Podium Scheme.
It took Italy’s Andreas Seppi only 62 minutes to get the better of India’s No 1 player Prajnesh Gunneswaran. The match, like the rest of the tie, had been a reality check for India and its Davis Cup ambitions.
Davis Cup Qualifier 2019: Former champions Australia, Germany and Italy emerge victorious to qualify for 18-team final
Australia, Germany and Italy punched tickets to the Davis Cup finals on Saturday, while Japan rallied from a 2-1 deficit as Taro Daniel won the decisive rubber to overcome China.
Davis Cup Qualifier 2019: India win in doubles, but Andreas Seppi outclasses Prajnesh Gunneswaran to clinch tie 3-1
India lived up to their reputation in doubles but that was not enough as Italy secured a 3-1 triumph after winning the first reverse singles on Saturday to storm into the first-ever Davis Cup World Finals.
Davis Cup Qualifier 2019: Even on Kolkata’s grass-courts, India find Italy too hot to handle on opening day
After all the talk of home advantage on the grass-courts of Kolkata’s South Club, India finished Day One of the Davis Cup qualifier against Italy 0-2 down on Friday.
Davis Cup Qualifier 2019: India trail Italy as Andreas Seppi, Matteo Berrettini beat Ramkumar Ramanathan, Prajnesh Gunneswaran
Andreas Seppi and Matteo Berrettini gave Italy a comfortable 2-0 lead over India on the first day of their Davis Cup world group qualifier.
Davis Cup Qualifier 2019: Andreas Seppi beats Ramkumar Ramanathan in straight sets to give Italy winning start
Seppi was slow off the blocks on the grass court of the Calcutta South Club but hit top gear in the second set to complete a 6-4 6-2 win in one hour and 11 minutes.
Davis Cup Qualifier 2019: India hope Kolkata's grass is greener on their side as Italy come knocking
India's biggest advantage when they host Italy in the World Group qualifiers on Friday and Saturday will lie in the quick, low-bouncing grass-court, which has been India’s go-to surface historically in Davis Cups.
Davis Cup Qualifier 2019: Ready or not, top guns gear up for revamped tournament as all roads lead to Madrid
The Davis Cup World Group Qualifiers will be played across the world, from China hosting Japan and Australia’s tie against Bosnia-Herzegovina in the eastern end of the map, to Brazil’s tie against Belgium and Colombia playing Sweden in the far west.
Davis Cup Qualifier 2019: Grass court makes tie tougher for us, says Italy captain Corrado Barazzutti
"The Italian team has not played a lot on grass but it is okay. We know we have to play very well," Italy's Davis Cup captain Corrado Barazzutti said.
Davis Cup Qualifier 2019: India won't miss Leander Paes, claims skipper Mahesh Bhupati ahead of Italy clash
Paes, who is the most successful doubles player in the history of Davis Cup with a record of 43 wins overall, has been sidelined since India's 3-2 win in China at the Asia/Oceania second round in April last year.