Denmark’s top-ranked player Holger Rune pulls out of Davis Cup tie against India
New Delhi, February 23, 2022
It is advantage India against Denmark in their Davis Cup World Group Playoff I tie scheduled to be played at the Delhi Gymkhana Club on March 4 and 5 inside a strict bio-secure bubble.
World No. 90 and the visiting side’s top-ranked player, Holger Rune, has confirmed his unavailability for the two-day rubber on the grass courts of the Delhi Gymkhana Club (DGC) here.
Rune’s unavailability has definitely bolstered the hosts’ chances on the DGC’s fast grass courts, but the Indian coaching staff has chosen to downplay the hype.
Winner of the 2019 French Open boys’ singles title, Rune was expected to spearhead the Danish challenge against India – no other player from Denmark is ranked inside the Top-200 of the ATP world rankings.
In the absence of Rune, who holds the distinction of being the second youngest male player after Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz to have featured in the Top-100, the Danish campaign will be led by seasoned doubles player, Frederik Nielsen, who has achieved a career-high ranking of 17.
India’s non-playing captain, Rohit Rajpal, said, “Denmark team is still more than capable of doing well, despite its top player missing out on the action. We need to focus on our strengths and that will be our strategy going forward.”
Coach Zeeshan Ali, too, echoed a similar sentiment. “We will stick to our plan and basics and will not underestimate the Danes in any manner, whatsoever. I am sure Denmark will still prove to be tough competitors on court.”
India: Prajnesh Gunneswaran, Yuki Bhambri, Rohan Bopanna, Ramkumar Ramanathan, Divij Sharan
Reserves: Saketh Myneni and Digvijay Pratap Singh
Denmark: Mikael Torpegaard (ranked 210), Johannes Ingildsen (ranked 805), Christian Sigsgaard (ranked 833), Elmer Møller (ranked 1708), Frederik Løchte Nielsen (captain)
Coaches: Martin Killemose Linnet & Jacob Holst