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Davis Cup team to train in New York before Canada tie

The Indian Davis Cup team will train at the indoor courts of University of Colombia in New York, a week before the crucial World Group Play-off tie against Canada in Edmonton, starting September 15.

It is for the first time that a camp has been organised to prepare for an away tie. The team will assemble in New York on September 4 and will leave for Edmonton on September 10. "I wanted to get the boys together and practice indoors before the tie," Captain Mahesh Bhupathi said, confirming the development. The AITA has approached the Sports Ministry to fund the week-long training camp and it is being assessed. The ministry seems keen to provide the financial support. "There should not be any problem with that (financial assistance) because we do fund training of athletes, including foreign training. However, a decision will be taken after examination of the proposal," a Sports Ministry official said. Asked why the camp is being organised in New York instead of Edmonton, Bhupathi said,"Courts will not be ready till Sunday (September 10) before tie."

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