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Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, Purav Raja to start partnership

Joining hands: Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and Purav Raja will hope to complement each other on the Tour.

Joining hands: Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and Purav Raja will hope to complement each other on the Tour.  

The duo will be working together for 10 weeks until the French Open

After Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan decided to partner for the 2019 season and played well to get India back into the Davis Cup tie briefly on Saturday, another Indian pair in Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and Purav Raja have likewise decided to partner for the next few weeks on the Tour.

Incidentally, the duo was to start the partnership here in Chennai in the ATP Challenger that starts here on Monday and was working hard under the sun.

But in the last minute, due to a stroke of luck, have gained entry into the ATP 250 event in Bulgaria that begins in two days and will be heading there.

Speaking at the SDAT Tennis stadium here on Saturday, Jeevan said, “We played together a few times last year, but this is the first time we are planning to play a few tournaments together and stick as a team. We have known each other for a long time so it is exciting.”

The 33-year-old Purav, who had won titles with Sharan in the past and played with Leander Paes for a while, is also looking to take fresh guard with a set partner. The duo will be working for 10 weeks until the French Open with a target to make the cut off for the second Grand Slam of the year.

“I have played with lefties on the deuce side in past and Jeeva is one of the fittest guys on tour.

“He is as good as some of the successful partners I have had in the past and I think we can form a team that’s just as formidable. So I don’t see why we can’t be a threat on the world doubles tour,” said Purav.

Adding to it Jeevan said, “Our first target is to gell well as a team and finds our strengths and weakness and convert into positive things.

“I do well with guys who return well and Purav is one of the best returners which complements well with my movement near the net.

“More importantly, the fact that we are from the same country and quite experienced on the doubles tour matters when you are playing a long season.

“We would like to be another set team from India that is capable of a lot of good things in the future.”

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