Coach Zeeshan Ali: Leander Paes, Rohan Bopanna can put aside their differences

Jun 12, 2016, 11:23 IST | PTI

New Delhi: The All India Tennis Association (AITA) appointed Davis Cup coach Zeeshan Ali as captain of the Olympic squad. "It's time to look forward now.

Zeeshan Ali
Zeeshan Ali

Leander and Rohan have it in them to fight tough for medal. It will be tough no doubt but they have been there at top level for some time now.

Putting aside differences, they make a decent combination keeping in mind the field,” Zeeshan told PTI AITA also announced a seven-member squad for next month’s Asia/Oceania Group I tie against Korea in Chandigarh but the final announcement will be made on July 5. Asked if one week is enough for Paes and Bopanna to sort out the differences, Zeeshan said, something is better than nothing. “Dialogue is important. Now that everything has been sorted, we are set for the Games,” he said.

Yuki Bhambri, the highest-ranked singles player in the country at number 147, Myneni (ranked 150 in singles and 125 in doubles), Bopanna (10 in doubles), Paes (46 in doubles), Ramkumar Ramanathan (224 in singles) Vishnu Vardhan and Sumit Nagal are in the squad. Vardhan and Nagal will be the reserve players while four playing members will be announced on July 5.

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