The Indian tennis group will play its first World Group qualifiers of the erstwhile Fed Cup towards Latvia in April.
Rutuja Bhosale, Zeel Desai and Karman Kaur Thandi, who needed to pull out of the occasion final yr resulting from a fracture, type the remainder of the squad with Riya Bhatia to journey because the reserve participant.
Former Indian tennis participant Vishal Uppal would be the non-playing captain of the group.
That is India’s first World Group play-offs of the Billie Jean King Cup, earlier generally known as the Fed Cup, the place they are going to tackle Latvia. The tie shall be performed on April 16 and 17 on the indoor laborious courts of the Nationwide Tennis Centre Lielupe in Jurmala, Latvia.
The Latvian group is anticipated to be led by former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko.
The Indian tennis group completed second behind China within the Asia/Oceania Group I to qualify for the play-offs.
They misplaced the primary tie towards China however gained 4 consecutive ties after that – towards Uzbekistan, South Korea, Chinese language Taipei and Indonesia – with Sania Mirza going unbeaten via the marketing campaign.
Sania Mirza then went on to grow to be the primary Indian tennis participant to win the Fed Cup Heart Award for her inspirational comeback after a maternity break and guiding India to the erstwhile Fed Cup World Group play-offs.
The Indian tennis squad shall be excessive on confidence heading into the tie towards Latvia.
Ankita Raina made her long-awaited Grand Slam debut on the Australian Open within the girls’s doubles. Sania Mirza additionally returned to the courtroom in March on the Qatar Open and Dubai Open after recovering from COVID-19.