Newly- appointed Davis Cup captain Anand Amritraj is confident that it will be “smooth sailing” for the Indian team in 2014 as the players’ revolt was thing of the past but he wants to have a say in the decision-making process for taking the team back to the elite World Group.
AITA roped in Anand as the non-playing captain in place of SP Misra after top players revolted for better playing conditions and demanded a change in the support staff.
Amritraj,who along with his brother Vijay was part of many memorable Davis Cup wins for India in the past,said his focus will be on singles even as there will be a selection headache because of presence of lot of good doubles players.
I will have a word with AITA selection committee. It’s a tough choice,we have three great doubles players but we have only two slots. Rohan (Bopanna) has played unbelievable,he became world number three. It is hard to leave out Rohan. Leander won the US Open. Then Mahesh is there,so doubles is not a problem. We should focus on singles.”
Amritraj said since he shares a very good rapport with the Indian youngsters,there was no doubt about his acceptance but refused to give a direct opinion on the revolt,which shook the Indian tennis early this. The players had boycotted the tie against Korea ,forcing AITA to field a depleted side,which lost 1-4 to the visitors.
The players felt that they needed to do it. It’s hard to say whether it was right thing or wrong. They felt they needed to do that and stuck together.