Sri Lanka will miss their star player Harshana Godamanna this Davis Cup season due to a travel ban from his resident country, the United States of America.
16 years, 51 ties, 94 matches later, Harshana……
Harshana Godamanna, recognized as one of Sri Lanka’s finest representatives in modern day Tennis, has been a regular in the Davis Cup arena, wearing the Lion on his chest. He was awarded the Lifetime Commitment award by the International Tennis Federation in the 2018 Davis Cup edition, an award won by some of the greatest names in the history of the sport.
After a successful career in Tennis in Sri Lanka, Godamanna moved to Boston Massachusetts in the United States to pursue the sport in a larger arena. It was then he opened his own Tennis Coaching academy, nurturing budding tennis players to build a career in Tennis.
The Davis Cup Zone Group II for 2020 will be hosted in Paraguay on the 6th and 7th of March with 24 teams competing for 12 slots in the World Group II. Godamanna who has been in a bid for permanent residency in the United States for over a year will miss the tournament due to a travel ban while the process continues.
Sri Lanka will field a young but experienced team with the like of Yasitha De Silva, Sankha De Silva and Dineshkanthan Thangarajah who are currently going through National trials to book their spots in the team. Sharmal Dissanayake is the only player exempt from playing the trials as he has been awarded with a direct entry to the team for his exceptional service over the years.