Tennis Association defends evening timing for Davis Cup tie against Spain


Sports, Tennis

India's captain Anand Amritraj feels the country has lost home advantage by not hosting matches in hot and humid conditions.

Delhi will host the Davis Cup World Group play-off tie between India and Spain. (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: The Indian Davis team may not be happy with the idea but Delhi Lawn Tennis Association today defended the decision to slot the Davis Cup matches against Spain in the evening, saying the aim is to make the event more accessible to the tennis fans and save Indian players from cramping.

India's captain Anand Amritraj has said that the country has lost home advantage by not hosting matches in hot and humid conditions. DLTA though argued that Indian players were troubled by heat during the Korea tie in Chandigarh and they did not want a repeat and thus special medical facilities have also been arranged.

"This (medical facilities) has been done especially keeping in mind that both Korean and Indian players started cramping in hot and humid conditions in Chandigarh in the last Davis Cup tie held in July against Korea. It was felt that hot and humid conditions can lead to cramping especially when players are playing five-set matches and it is important that highest level of medical attention should be made available at the venue," a DLTA press release stated.

India's Saketh Myneni and Korea's Kyu Lim had struggled to stand on court due to severe cramping in the Chandigarh tie, with the former even skipping his reverse singles match on the final day in July.

DLTA said it wanted fans to throng to the stadium to cheer the Indian players and also cited examples of popular league International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) and Champions Tennis League (CTL) that host matches in the evening.

"Like other high profile events including Chennai Open, Champions Tennis League organized by Mr Vijay Amritraj and IPTL organized by Globosports, DLTA has chosen to host the matches during evening time to make the event more accessible and friendly to the tennis loving people so that the stadium is filled to capacity to cheer the Indian team."