*India's captain Rohit Rajpal during the press conference ahead of the Davis Cup World Group II tie in Lucknow on Thursday, September 14, 2023

Lucknow,15 September: Veteran Rohan Boppana, Sumit Nagpal  and Yuki Bhambri will lead the Indian challenge  against Morocco in the Davis Cup World Group tie at  Vijayant Khand Mini Stadium here on Saturday and Sunday

Nonplaying captain Rohit Rajpal, on Thursday, announced the five-member India squad for the tie

The team consists of Rohan Bopanna, Sumit Nagal, Yuki Bhambri, Sasikumar Mukund, and Digvijay Pratap Singh.

Considering that the conditions were extremely humid, Rajpal also announced that the match timings had been changed for the convenience of the players and fans. “The last three days we have practiced here, the conditions have been extremely humid. While we stood here, we were drenched from top to bottom; imagine the plight of the player. This is the reason that the matches have been rescheduled from 12noon to 2 pm on Saturday and from 11 am to 1 pm on Sunday,” he added.

“There was a request from Morrocco and after discussions with the referees, we decided to postpone the match timings. It was done to produce a better quality of tennis. We are also prepared to play under light if required.”

The draw ceremony will be conducted by the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath at his official residence on Friday.

Rajpal also recalled that Davis Cup was returning to Uttar Pradesh after 23 years and it was time for the youngsters and fans to grab this opportunity. 

“This is Rohan Bopanna’s last Davis Cup so the fans will get the opportunity to watch him in action. This is a good opportunity for juniors and aspiring players to become ball boys or volunteers. When we grew up, we also did similar things. They will be close to players to watch foot movement and technique,” he added.

Meanwhile, Morocco coach Mehdi Tahiri also announced their squad, namely Elliot Benchetrit, Yassine Dlimi, Adam Moundir, Walid Ahouda, and Younes Lalami Laaroussi.

“In Davis Cup, you don’t see the rankings. On paper, India are favourites and have better-ranked players. But matches will be played on the courts, and we have to fight. We are going to do our best and fight for our country,” he said.

The teams will be allowed to change the players one hour before the draw. 

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