Zeeshan may consider pairing Leander Paes with Ramkumar Ramnathan at Asiad
NEW DELHI: Leander Paes may staff up with Ramkumar Ramnathan as an alternative of Sumit Nagal on this month’s Asian Video games after captain Zeeshan Ali stated he’ll take into account the ATP World Tour finalist’s request to pair up with the senior professional.
Within the initially deliberate combos, Rohan Bopanna was teamed up Divij Sharan and Paes was paired with younger Sumit Nagal for the boys’s doubles occasion.
After his sensational run on the ATP Newport occasion, the place he ended a runner-up to Steve Johnson, Ramkumar had stated he would like to win a medal with Paes on the Asian Video games, starting August 18 in Jakarta and Palembang.
“I’ll have a chat with the gamers after we attain there after which take a choice. There are a whole lot of totally different facets to it. I do not need to take any resolution now however there’s a chance, contemplating, that Ram and Leander have performed collectively previously and know one another’s recreation properly,” Zeeshan informed PTI.
Ramkumar and Paes have paired solely as soon as on the Tour. On the Pune Challenger in 2016, they reached the quarterfinals however Paes has been mentoring Ramkumar since then.
After making his maiden ATP World Tour closing, Ramkumar had credited Paes, the winner of 18 Grand Slam titles, and Sanjay Singh for offering essential inputs through the match.
Ramkumar may even compete within the males’s singles occasion in Palembang with Prajnesh Gunneswaran and Nagal was picked up as a backup.
Whereas a whole lot of doubles gamers, together with Vishnu Vardhan, N Sriram Balaji and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan had questioned the number of Nagal within the doubles staff, Zeeshan had defended the selection by saying that the younger participant from Haryana might play each singles and doubles, if required.
The captain has time till sign-in to announce the ultimate combos. The singles will start on August 19 and the doubles the following day.
Of all of the gamers named within the Indian squad, solely Paes and Divij Sharan have received medals on the quadrennial occasion.
Whereas Paes is winner of eight medals, together with 5 gold whereas Divij received a bronze within the earlier version with Yuki Bhambri, who has opted out of the upcoming version.