The Indian tennis team, seeded sixth in World Group I in the Davis Cup, were drawn against Finland as the teams look to battle it out for a spot in the qualifiers for 2021.
The tie is expected to be evenly matched as both the Indian tennis team and Finland have players ranked within a few spots of each other in the singles. Sumit Nagal is the highest-ranked Indian tennis player (127) while 20-year-old Emil Ruusuvuori is ranked 101 for Finland.
The Indian tennis team hold a slight edge in the doubles though as both Rohan Bopanna (37) and Divij Sharan (56) are ranked in the top 100 while only Henri Kontinen (30), a familiar foe for Indian tennis players, follows suit for Finland.
India's Davis Cup captain satisfied with draw
The non-playing captain for the Indian tennis team in the Davis Cup, Rohit Rajpal admitted that the draw was a satisfying one for his team but they could not afford to take Finland lightly.
“Yes, it’s a favourable draw for us. But in Davis Cup World Group, no team is easy. We have enough time to prepare, I am sure we will qualify for the next stage,” he told the Press Trust of India.
The tie, comprising four singles matches and a doubles match, is set to be held either on September 18-19 or September 19-20, as decided by the home nation, in this case, Finland, later this year.
The winner advances to the Davis Cup qualifiers for 2021 while the losing team will be relegated to play the World Group I playoffs.