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NEW DELHI, India Virginia senior Somdev Devvarman (Chennai, India) will miss the Cavaliers’ matches this weekend as he makes his Davis Cup debut for India in their matchup with Uzbekistan at the RK Khanna Tennis Stadium.

“I am very fortunate to be a part of a great team with great players and coaches by my side,” said Devvarman. “It is an honor to represent my country.”

On Friday, Devvarman made his debut, falling to Denis Istomin 6-3, 6-4, 6-2. Istomin, ranked No. 185 in the world, reached the second round of the Australian Open last month, falling in four sets to former world No.1 Lleyton Hewitt. Friday’s match was also Devvarman’s first match on grass since the 2003 Junior Wimbledon.

“It was a great learning experience and I hope to keep getting better after this match,” said Devvarman.

On Sunday, Devvarman will play his second singles match when he plays Farrukh Dustov, ranked No. 249 in the world. Dustov lost to Rohan Bopanna in straight sets in Friday’s other singles match.

Devvarman traveled to India following Virginia’s 5-2 win at Michigan last Sunday. He arrived for practice with the Indian Davis Cup team on Tuesday. Following Sunday’s match, he will return to the United States and rejoin the Cavaliers as they travel to Seattle for the ITA National Team Indoor Championships.

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