No phones,no showers for Davis Cuppers at Namangan

Even before they could step on the unfamiliar clay for their Davis Cup tie against Uzbekistan,the Indians were dealing with a host of unexpected problems at Namangan.

Written by Smriti Sinha | New Delhi | Published: April 6, 2012 12:34:19 am

Even before they could step on the unfamiliar clay for their Davis Cup tie against Uzbekistan,the Indians were dealing with a host of unexpected problems at Namangan. A harrowing 4-hour drive on a bumpy road from Tashkent,lack of basic amenities at the team hotel and inconsistent phone connectivity added to the visitors’ woes on eve of this challenging away encounter.

“It’s just about liveable. You expect better facilities at Davis Cup,” reserve player Vishnu Vardhan told The Indian Express from Namangan. “The rooms are very small and the bathrooms smaller. Every room has some defect.” said another team member. He went on to add that the house phones at the hotel were not working while it was impossible to have a shower as the water supply to rooms was inconsistent

Rohan Bopanna posted a detailed tweet about the far from ideal facilities provided by their hosts. “The hotel is probably the worst hotel I have stayed at during a Davis cup tie all over the world. I wonder who approves these hotels. This hotel has no restaurant at all and the bathroom is tiny as my car booth. Disaster. The drive here beats it all with the roads so bad and drive taking about 4 and half hours from Tashkent.

“Cant believe it’s a Davis Cup tie. The remotest reason i am still here is because nothing like representing the country. So fighting it out till Monday.” Leander Paes,who will partner Bopanna in the doubles rubber against Denis Istomin and Farrukh Dustov on Saturday,is yet to reach the city.

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