Yuki and Ramkumar's early exit from SW19 qualifiers latest in a disappointing year for singles players from India.
Now, the onus is on the pairing of Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan (they can still change the nomination) to see the tie through.
Taking full advantage of the Danish player's discomfort on the low bounce grass court, Ramkumar cruised to a 6-3 6-2 win over Christian, ranked as low as 824, in the opening singles of the tie .
Strict Covid-19 restrictions and the situation in the region acted as a bummer with ATP withdrawing the scheduled events.
Ramkumar, who zoomed to a career-best 94, and Bopanna won their second title together on Feb 6 after beating the Australian team of Luke Saville and John-Patrick Smith.
The lanky and the fit Ramkumar Ramanathan has made the second round twice (2018, 2019) while Prajnesh Gunneswaran (2020) and Yuki Bhambri (2018) cleared the first round once each.
The team has been selected keeping in mind the playing surface as both India's top-ranked singles player -- Ramkumar and comeback man Yuki -- are comfortable playing on grass courts.
Yuki Bhambri knows pain like the back of his hand. At 29, he’s supposed to be at the peak of his tennis career. The reality, though, is somewhat different.
Yuki Bhambri registered a sensational win over Jozef Kovalik in the men's singles opening round of the 2022 Tata Open Maharashtra.
It will be Ramkumar's fourth appearance at South Asia's only ATP 250 tournament.
One of the things he has done while away from the limelight is improve his strength training regimen.
Bhambri lost his second-round qualifying match 1-6 3-6.
Bhambri, who returned to the Grand Slam stage after 2018 US Open due to knee injury, beat his 248th ranked Portuguese rival 6-4 6-2 in just 68 minutes.
Yuki Bhambri vowed to break his Grand Slam jinx after slipping to a fifth defeat in five matches at the majors at Wimbledon.
Yuki Bhambri featured in the men's singles main draw of all three Grand Slams of the season so far but is yet to win a match.
The unseeded Indians lost 4-6 6-7 (2), squandering as many as eight break chances in the second set and 11 overall.
Zeeshan said Indian players are expected to do well in the World Group Play-off tie, starting September 15 in Edmonton.
The last time India featured in World Group was in 2011 when the team lost 1-4 to powerhouse Serbia in the first round.
Having shaken off injuries the flamboyant Frenchman meets Indian qualifier Yuki Bhambri in a second-round match.
Ramkumar Ramanathan today improved his career-best rank to 168 in singles, while Sania Mirza was unchanged at number seven in the doubles.