India must exploit Denmark players’ weakness on grass: Anand Amritraj

Anand Amritraj
Anand Amritraj, former Indian tennis player. Picture: Tennis World

Asian News International

New Delhi: Two-time US Open quarter-finalist and former Indian tennis player Anand Amritraj believes that India is firm favourites to win their Davis Cup World Group I playoff tie against Denmark on March 4 and 5.

Amritraj said that Indians must exploit the Danish players’ weakness on the faster grass courts of the Delhi Gymkhana Club (DGC) since the visitors prefer playing on slow hard courts or clay surfaces.

“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. 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,” said Amritraj.

Vijay and Anand Amritraj playing doubles Finals in Wimbledon Senior 2000. Picture: Sunday Guardian

Anand Amritraj, elder brother of Indian tennis legend Vijay Amritraj, was part of the country’s Davis Cup squad that reached the final of the ‘World Cup of Tennis’ in 1974. The team, however, then refused to take the court against South Africa due to its “apartheid policy”. The junior Amritraj was also part of the Davis Cup team that reached the final against Sweden in 1987.

Responding to a question on the relevance of the Davis Cup in the current era that celebrates Grand Slam culture so much, Anand Amritraj said, “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.”

The winner of the two-day rubber will qualify for the World Group I stage that is scheduled to take place later this year.