Davis Cup India start favourite against Denmark: Anand Amritraj

Harpal Singh Bedi

Anand Amritraj

New Delhi: Former  coach Anand Amritraj, feels that  India start  firm favourites against Denmark in the Davis Cup World Group I playoff tie  here on March 4 and 5 here  because the visitors  will find it  tough to  negotiate the grass court  on which the matches will be played

The former Davis Cup start  however opined that for that to happen, the hosts s must exploit the Danish players’ weakness on faster grass courts of the Delhi Gymkhana Club (DGC),

“The fact that we got the opportunity to hold matches on grass will be a massive advantage. Danish players are used to slow hard courts or clay surfaces, and they will not prefer the faster grass courts one bit,” Anand said

“India needs to capitalise on this and prove they are superior grass players. However, it will not be a straightforward task. But I really reckon that we are firm favourites,” he added.

Anand, brother  of veteran Vijay Amritraj, was part of the country’s Davis Cup squad that reached the final of the ‘World Cup of Tennis’ in 1974.

The  Government however, did not allow  the team  to play  against South Africa due to  anti- apartheid policy.  Anand  was also part of the Davis Cup team that reached the final against Sweden in 1987. Vijay was, incidentally, the captain.

Asked about the relevance of Davis Cup in the current era that celebrates Grand Slam culture so much, Anand said, “Davis Cup is an emotion. It is without a doubt, the World Cup of tennis. “

“Playing for your country is different from playing for individual milestones, and that is a novelty that is hard to come by.” He said

The winner of the two-day rubber will qualify for the World Group I stage that is scheduled to happen later this year.

HSB

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