India's best singles player, Yuki Bhambri, and Asian Games gold medalist Divij Sharan have retired from the Davis Cup World Group tiebreak against Serbia for injuries, while Sumit Nagal has refused to Join the team for previous commitments. . Sharan, who won the men's doubles gold with Rohan Bopanna in Palembang, suffered a broken shoulder and Bhambri's knee injury went on at the US Open, where he lost in the first round to Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert. Saketh Myneni, who was a reserve in the six-man squad, will now be an active member, replacing Bhambri. N Sriram Balaji replaced Sharan, while talented Pune player Arjun Kadhe will now travel to Kraljevo as a reserve player for the September 14-16 draw.
"They retired because of injuries," Divij had an MRI in the US and said he revealed a small tear that will require at least three weeks to heal, and Yuki also has a knee, "said the chairman of the committee. Selection of AITA, SP Misra. PTI.
When asked about Nagal as a possible replacement, Misra said that AITA approached him, but chose to play Challenger tournaments in Poland during that time. "We asked him to be Yuki's replacement, but he said he would prefer to play Challengers," said Misra.
AITA Secretary Hironmoy Chatterjee said Nagal's decision "surprised" the Federation. "He said that Ramkumar and Prajnesh will play singles matches and that he has to come as a substitute, so he will play Challengers, he said that if he needs it, he will join but we do not choose the right players, we have told him, he will not be considered for this. tie, "said Chatterjee.
"For future relationships, we will discuss whether or not it will be considered," Chatterjee said. Nagal, who has lost nine consecutive matches in the first round, explained the reasons for his decision. He initially said he had said no because of a shoulder problem since he was not sure of his return.
"After a week or two, I received another email, asked if I would play, and said: & # 39; I am happy to go there, but I have already committed to my schedule & # 39 ;. I had to play a Challenger in Italy and the qualification of a Challenger in Poland, I said that once it's over, I'm ready to travel to Serbia on the next flight.
"They did not like it because they wanted me to be there on Saturday night." Seeing my situation, in the last three months, it would have been difficult for me to miss the last two tournaments on clay. main draw after the draw with Serbia, but they said they could not help, "said the 21-year-old. The captain of India Mahesh Bhupathi said:
"We will go and we will do our best to be competitive as always". When asked to react to Nagal's refusal, Bhupathi said: "I never have an opinion about anything to be honest." World number 33 Filip Krajinovic will lead the challenge of the house in the draw, which will be played on the clay courts.
The last time India played Serbia was in Bangalore in 2014 in the World Group Play-off phase, losing 2-3.