A last minute change in combination couldn't save India's hopes as Rohan Bopanna and Ramkumar Ramanathan lost the crucial match 6-7(2) 6-7(2) to Henri Kontinen and Harri Heliovaara in one hour and 38 minutes.
Davis Cup: Prajnesh Gunneswaran, Ramkumar Ramanathan lose on opening day, India trail 0-2 against Finland
Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan now must win the doubles match to keep India alive.
It will be Prajnesh (ranked 165) who will open the tie for India with a match against Otto Virtanen (ranked 419). It is a splendid opportunity for India to draw first blood as Prajnesh is a superior player.
The Indian players on Tuesday got a chance to practice on the match court, which has been laid temporarily on carpet at an ice-hockey stadium here and after the first hit, it turned out that it suits the visitors in limited yet crucial way.
The World No 156 Indian, who was looking to make his second appearance in the US Open main draws, went down 3-6, 4-6 to Eubanks, ranked 216th, in a 50-minute showdown on Thursday night.
Gunneswaran got the better of the world no. 232 Canadian 6-4 7-6 in one hour 37 minutes on Wednesday night.
Nagal had played in the Australian Open main draw early this year and had lost in the first round. He could not qualify for the French Open and missed the Wimbledon qualifiers due to an unrevealed injury.
US Open 2021: Ankita Raina bows out of qualifiers despite gritty fightback in third set against American Jamie Loeb
Ranked 193, Raina lost to the American ranked one place below her, 3-6, 6-2, 4-6 in a nearly two-hour opening round contest at the Flushing Meadows.
It was the first time in the open era that two Indian teams competed against each other at a Grand Slam tournament.
The 14th seeds disposed off the challenge from the Raina-Davis pair beating them 6-3 6-2 in 70 minutes during a late evening match on Court No 11.
Ramkumar Ramanathan has now been part of 21 Grand Slam qualifying events, unable to go past them - latest in a harrowing 9-11 fifth set defeat for Wimbledon.
Ramkumar now needs to beat Australia's Marc Polmans.
Prajnesh Gunneswaran is now on an 8-match losing streak going back to April after a poor clay court season and then a wrist injury.
Ankita, up against higher-ranked German Greet Minnen, could win only two games in the entire match that lasted one hour and 21 minutes.
French Open: Sumit Nagal draws lower-ranked Roberto Marcora in 1st round; Ankita Raina faces Aussie veteran Anastasia Rodionova
Nagal is yet to earn a main draw berth in the Clay court Grand Slam and must make a good start against the 191st ranked Marcora.
Australian Open 2021: India's Ankita Raina loses to Olga Danilovic, eliminated in final round of qualifiers
In the women's singles qualifiers being held in Dubai, Ankita lost the third and final round 2-6, 6-3, 1-6 to her Serbian opponent in almost two hours.
Australian Open 2021: Ankita Raina through to final round of qualifiers; Ramkumar Ramanathan eliminated
In the women's singles qualifiers being held in Dubai, Ankita overcame a second-set lapse to win 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 in the second round against the Ukrainian.
Eckental Challenger: India's Ramkumar Ramanathan storms into semi-final with win over Evgeny Donskoy
The unseeded Indian trounced the Russian 6-2 6-1 in just 57 minutes as he fired 11 aces during the quarterfinal of the Euro 88520 indoor event.
Roland Garros 2020: Prajnesh Gunneswaran enters second round of qualifying, Sumit Nagal, Ramkumar Ramanathan exit
Seeded 16th, Nagal — who became the first Indian in seven years to win a singles match at a Grand Slam with his opening-round victory at the US Open — lost 6-7 (4) 5-7 to Germany's seasoned player Dustin Brown in one hour and 47 minutes.
Davis Cup 2020: Fabio Fognini says it was a 'strange feeling' to play tie with no fans as Italy lead 2-0 against South Korea
Italy’s Fabio Fognini said it was a “strange feeling” playing a Davis Cup tie with no fans, after helping his country into a 2-0 lead against South Korea.