Katchel in India to hunt talent

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:40 IST

Former Davis Cupper Chris Katchel is in India to help Indian tennis take the big jump on to the international stage.

Katchel in India to hunt talent

New Delhi:

First, Greg Chappell brought some Australian touch to Indian cricket, and then Sania went to Australia to work with Tony Roche. Continuing with the series of coaches from Down Under, former Davis Cupper Chris Katchel is in India to help Indian tennis take the big jump on to the international stage. Chris Katchel, better known for coaching players of the calibre of Mark Phillippoussis and Lleyton Hewitt, is presently in New Delhi. Katchel is teaching India's tennis talent how to play like his more famous protégés. Katchel is only the second Australian tennis coach after Tony Roche to come to India. About 30 kids from different age groups will work with him for the next three weeks developing, amongst other things, a killer instinct. Shot selection "We are putting them through all kinds of exercise and drills. We are also talking about shot selection and decision making, teaching them to be ruthless on the court," Katchel said. Indian juniors like Sanam Singh, Jeevan Nedunchazan and Viven Shaukeen are also attending Katchel's sessions. Sanam, currently the world number six in boys' rankings, will be participating at the French Open and Wimbledon and hopes this exposure makes a difference in his performance. "It's good for an Australian coach to come here. We get to know about the Aussie methods and it's great for us since a lot of them have made it to the top 10," said Sanam. Most youngsters attending the camp believe that although foreign coaches cannot deliver instant results their tips can be handy during big matches. Other Indian Davis Cuppers like Rohan Bopanna, Harsh Mankad and Prakash Amritraj are missing the camp because of prior engagements.

Topics : Tennis
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