Harpal Singh Bedi
New Delhi: Non-playing captain Rohit Rajpal on Friday said that India is well prepared to face Denmark in the World Group playoff tie to be played at the Delhi Gymkhana Club (DGC) on March 4 and 5.
Talking to media , here Rohit Rajpal, said the hosts have their task cut out. “Denmark are a very good side. We have been preparing well for our matches and now we just need to focus on our strengths. That will be our strategy going forward,”
India take on higher-ranked Denmark on the fast grass courts of DGC and it will be the first tie between the two countries since September 1984, when the visitors won 3-2 at Aarhus. The only other time both sides faced each other was in 1927 when Denmark blanked India 5-0 in the quarterfinals in Copenhagen.
All India Tennis Association (AITA) president Anil Jain opined that the event will help tennis to gain more popularity in the country. “Davis Cup is a prestigious event and we are glad to host it after three years on home soil. This is a great chance for India to showcase its talent. We believe that the conduct of the event will help tennis reach every nook and corner of the country,” said.
DGC administrator and co-chairman of the Davis Cup Organising Committee, Om Pathak maintained that “The Davis Cup 2022 at the Delhi Gymkhana Club could well be remembered as a game changer in several ways. In particular, the grandiose of this event will provide the essential visibility of the sport, attracting and inspiring the tennis stars in the making. The event could well be remembered as a watershed in the evolution of the game of tennis in India.”
1. Prajnesh Gunneswaran,. Yuki Bhambri, Rohan Bopanna,. Ramkumar Ramanathan,. Divij Sharan
Reserves: Saketh Myneni and Digvijay Pratap Singh
Denmark. Mikael Torpegaard (ranked 210),. Johannes Ingildsen (805), Christian Sigsgaard ( 833),. Elmer Møller (1708)
Frederik Løchte Nielsen (captain)
Coaches: Martin Killemose Linnet & Jacob Holst
Physio: Kim Lykke,