India ready for Davis Cup challenge: Coach

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:49 IST

Indian coach Nandal Bal said the team was ready for any challenge from the Chinese during the Davis Cup Asia-Oceania Group I tie.

India ready for Davis Cup challenge: Coach

New Delhi: Upbeat after a satisfying training session, Indian coach Nandal Bal said the team was ready for any challenge from the Chinese during the Davis Cup Asia-Oceania Group I tie beginning on Friday. "On the first two days, the boys were playing as if they were playing on hard courts. But today they played more grass court points and looked a lot more sharper," Bal told reporters. A former national champion, Bal said since most of the players do not play on grass on the circuit, the additional two days of practice had proved to be very vital. "Normally we assemble only on Monday. But this time we came in early since we were playing on grass. The players have now settled down and we are ready for them (Chinese)." Tough opponents Bal admitted that though the Chinese were not very comfortable on grass, they would surely come hard against the Indians. "Once you call love all in Davis Cup, the rankings go out of the window. I know the Chinese are going to push us and we are ready for it," he added. Indian captain Leander Paes was also happy with the session and said they would have another long session on Wednesday and then just take it easy the day after to save their energy for the three match days. Asked whether he had made up his mind about who was going to play the singles, the 31-year-old just smiled and declined to give any information. "I have things getting clear in my mind but I am not going to share it with anyone before we take a final decision on Thursday," Paes said. Fitness issues On his fitness, he said he was getting better each day but admitted that the true test would come on Thursday when he would have to decide on whether he can play on all three days, something he has been doing for over the last decade. Bhupathi also had a work out for a couple of hours with the boys but took a break early. Though the former world number one doubles player did not practice along with Paes, who was concentrating on his singles, he made the most of his time on the court and played a few sets with the others. Asked about whether they would practice together for the next two days before the tie, Paes replied in the affirmative but quickly added that they had played so much together that they did not need to make an extra effort. (PTI)
Topics : Tennis
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