Much has changed since India’s last Davis Cup match, which it lost 2-3 to Denmark in March.
When India faces a modest Morocco in the home match, which will serve more as a celebration of Rohan Bopanna’s Davis Cup career, which will come to an end after 21 years on Sunday, it shouldn’t be difficult for India to move up from World Group II. The Indian Davis Cup team has suffered greatly over the past few years in this team competition due to a lack of singles players who could contend with the top players on the ATP circuit and losses in games that they could have won, but being demoted to World Group II in February was a new low for them.
The Indians fell to this level for the first time since the new format was introduced in 2019.
Since India last competed in the Davis Cup match in March, when it lost to Denmark 3–2, a lot has happened.
Before Bopanna’s last-week US Open semifinal appearance, Indian tennis had scarcely had any noteworthy moments this year.
The country was disappointed to lose its sole ATP 250 event off the court in addition to the poor singles performance on the court.
One of India’s best players, Yuki Bhambri, has retired from the singles competition. Ramkumar Ramanathan is now stuck at position 570, outside of even the top 550.
The Chennai player’s season has been so difficult that he has dropped out of 17 different tournaments in the first round, including the lowest level, the ITF Futures.
Ramkumar is still a member of the squad and helps to teach the players, thus it is understandable that the captain, Rohit Rajpal, has left him off of the starting lineup.