New Delhi: Davis Cup non-playing captain Mahesh Bhupathi, said Indian tennis has an unprecedented depth in its talent pool and it’s headed in the right direction. “The depth we have today we have never had. Prajnesh, Yuki, Ram and many more right behind them are doing well. India hasn’t had this kind of talent pool before in the men’s team,
” Bhupathi said at a KIA Motors event where 10 young tennis fans of the country were selected as ball kids for the Australian Open in January, here on Tuesday. Applauding the way the youngsters are playing today, Bhupathi said, for the first time we are seeing our three players in the top-150 in the world rankings.
Prajnesh Gunneswaran is the highest ranked Indian just outside the top-100 at 104, followed by Ramkumar Ramanathan at 133 and Yuki Bhambri at 137. And went to praise the women while saying, “In the women’s team, Harman and Ankita have made a nice run in towards the last part of the season. The results are very positive.”
Ankita Raina, ranked 213 in the world, and world number 218 Karman Thandi won two back-to-back titles recently. They first clinched their career’s maiden WTA doubles title in Taipei before uniting to win the Pune Open. “For any sport, creating a culture in India comes from corporate support and we have seen that with all the medallist who have been supported by an OGQ or a JSW,” he said emphasis for investment from the corporate sector to promote in Indian tennis.