Updated: July 16, 2016 11:03:33 am
At the end of the day, as Yong Kyu Lim lay on the grass courts of the Chandigarh Club, Leander Paes ran toward Indian team bench and carried a ice cooler along with a Korean team support staff member. The Indian helped Lim get back on his feet even as Saketh Myneni limping after suffering cramps on both his legs on the other side of the court.
India had chosen Chandigarh as the venue for the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Zone I tie carefully after monitoring the weather conditions. They knew Koreans would not be able to stand the humidity. And that proved to be the case. The visitors wilted in the hot and humid conditions.
While the first match between Ramkumar Ramanathan and Seong Chan Hong was played on a damp court, the players also had to face humid conditions with Ramanathan playing almost in a wet shirt. The Korean world number 427 Seong Chan Hong, meanwhile, had to be carried off the court towards the changing room as he could not continue playing in the heat. So adverse was the weather that even a ball boy fell unconscious on court and had to be attended by the doctors.
“The conditions were humid and the players also struggled with the grass courts here. We had not played at the main grass court and it was difficult to play on the courts today. But then the conditions were the same for both the teams. I suffered from cramps and same with Lim,” admitted Hong.
In the second rubber, India’s non-playing captain Anand Amritraj was seen treating Myneni with ice packs. His opponent Yong Kyu Lim too sought repeated time outs. The three-hour and ten minutes long match would see both the players asking for ice packs multiple times. Amritraj admitted he had not seen a day like this.
“I also used to sweat a lot during my playing days. But not as much as the players did today. I have never anything like seen before,” he said.
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