Former nationwide crew captain Anand Amritraj feels Indian gamers ought to exploit their Danish opponents’ weak spot on grass to prevail over the guests of their Davis Cup World Group I playoff tie on March 4 and 5 in New Delhi.
Amritraj, who has captained India apart from being a part of the crew that reached the Davis Cup last twice, tipped the hosts as agency favourites to win the tie to be performed on quick grass courts of the Delhi Gymkhana Club.
“The fact that we got the opportunity to hold matches on grass will be a massive advantage. Danish players will be used to slow hard courts or clay surfaces, and they will not prefer the faster grass courts one bit,” Amritraj mentioned.
“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,” the 70-year-old two-time US Open quarterfinalist in doubles mentioned in a launch.
The winner of the two-day rubber will qualify for the World Group I stage scheduled later this yr.
Amritraj, brother of tennis legend Vijay, was a part of the nation’s Davis Cup squad that reached the ultimate of the ‘World Cup of Tennis’ in 1974. The crew, nevertheless, refused to take the court docket towards South Africa resulting from that nation’s apartheid coverage.
The junior Amritraj was additionally a part of the Davis Cup crew that reached the ultimate towards Sweden in 1987. Vijay was, by the way, the captain.
Asked concerning the relevance of Davis Cup within the present period that celebrates Grand Slam tradition a lot, Amritraj mentioned, “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.”