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TENNIS: ARVIND'S UP FOR THE CUP.

Byline: JIM O'BRIEN

ARVIND PARMAR will today begin his attempt to force his way into the British Davis Cup side when he takes on Russia's Yuri Schukin in the first qualifying round for the Australian Open.

The Hertfordshire-born 24-year-old believes his displays in Melbourne could convince Davis Cup coach Roger Taylor that he is worthy of a place.

Both Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski have been ruled out of competing in the first Grand Slam of the year because of injury, and Rusedski is already out of the Davis Cup tie with Australia in February.

Parmar said: "When I spoke with Roger, he said that the door was open me and it was up to me to take the opportunity.

"The qualifying rounds are far from easy, and I will just be looking to do myself justice."

Miles Maclagan and Alex Bogdanovic look likely to replace the injured Rusedski and Martin Lee, and they are getting extra practice on clay underTaylor's supervision.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 9, 2003
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