India drawn to play Canada

India drawn to play Canada

India have drawn Canada for their Davis Cup World Group play-off tie. The Indians will be travelling to Canada for the September 15-17 contest.

In their previous three appearances at the World Cup play-offs, India had to face heavyweights Serbia, Czech Republic and Spain, losing each time.

India were seeded in the draw, held on Tuesday, along with Serbia, Czech Republic, Argentina Germany, Russia, Japan and Switzerland.

Canada have big-serving Milos Raonic, the world No 6, in their ranks but he has been absent from the side in the last couple of years. After Raonic, Vasek Pospisil is their second best player. The 26-year-old, ranked 119, held his career-best ranking of 25 in 2014. Peter Polansky (127) and 17-year-old Denis Shapovalov (172) are the other singles players.

In doubles, they have seasoned Daniel Nestor (22) and Adil Shamasdin (65), besides Pospisil who has a doubles ranking of 29. Along with American Jack Sock, he had won the 2014 Wimbledon men’s doubles title and the 2015 Indian Wells Masters doubles title. His career high doubles ranking was No 4 in 2015.

"It will be a fun tie. They have some top players, which will challenge our boys to play at a higher level," India's non-playing captain Mahesh Bhupathi told PTI.

India had entered the World Group play-off  after defeating Uzbekistan 4-1 last week at Bengaluru. The side, captained for the first time by Mahesh Bhupathi, featured Ramkumar Ramanathan, Prajnesh Gunneswaran, Rohan Bopanna and Sriram Balaji.

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