Uzbekistan players are in New Delhi to train ahead of their Davis Cup tie against India. Their head to head is tied at one-all and the visitors are aware that India at home is going to be tough, CNN-IBN reported.
Uzbekistan continued preparations for the opening match of their 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign with a 3-1 victory over 2005 Belarus Cup winners FC MTZ-RIPO on Wednesday.
Japan Youth team was crowned champions of the 7th edition of international U-19 Friendship tournament on Wednesday, January 30, that after defeating their Poland counterpart in the final match which held in Grand Hamad Stadium of Al Arabi SC.
Uzbekistan Davis Cup team’s desire to undergo a two-week practice stint on the grass courts here, before their crucial Asia-Oceania group tie against India, did not start according to schedule. But captain Denis Istomin is hopeful of causing an upset, Indian news websites reported.
Coach Agasalim Mirdzhavadov insists that FK Khazar Lenkoran’s success in the Commonwealth Cup was not sullied by a "low level" of competition, uefa.com reported.
Though the All India Tennis Association (AITA) has been shocked by Mahesh Bhupathi’s recent match-fixing disclosure, it has decided not to employ any special measure to keep an eye on the players or their contacts during India’s upcoming Davis Cup tie against Uzbekistan here next month.
Just a few years ago, if Denis Istomin had accepted the doctor’s verdict, he would never have picked up a tennis racket again. Yet, today, the 22-year-old finds his country’s Davis Cup hopes resting firmly on his slender shoulders. More than eighty stitches were required after a road accident in 2001 which damaged his hip and wrists, and the situation seemed bleak, yet clear. He did not play the game for two years after that, and yet, ’forever’ seemed a bit too harsh to believe.
After routing India 4-1 on hardcourts back home in Namangan last year, Uzbekistan are now confident of a victory on grasscourts too.