After having earned a stunning victory in the Davis Cup tie against New Zealand to ensure the ticket of World group play-off match, Indian tennis coach, Zishan Ali is now setting focus on India’s crucial tie against Czech Republic to be held in September in either Pune or in New Delhi.
And before facing the sturdy Czech Republic consisting of two top quality players like Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek, once again Leander Paes has been in the centre of discussion by the think-tank of the Indian national tennis team.
Coach Zishan Ali, speaking on the chances of winning against tougher Czech Republic, said.
“I know critics will laugh, but if Leander plays the doubles then our boys can even make upset.”
Zishan added saying, Leander has already been informed officially by the All India Tennis Association (AITA) about the tie against Czech Republic. Indian coach although said that he would personally call Leander and request him to take part in the Davis Cup tie, to be held in September, it has been learnt that Leander Paes, the recent champion in Wimbledon doubles, has given his consent to take part in India’s crucial Davis Cup tie against Czech Republic.
Zishan also revealed his plans that how Indian boys should make the plot of defeating Czech Republic.
He explained, “Among our two singles players, Somdev Devvurman was slightly off color in the team‘s last Davis Cup tie against New Zealand where he lost the first crucial singles match. But came back superbly winning the reverse singles. Yuki Bhamri was simply outstanding by winning both the singles. Still, I feel defeating Tomas Berdych for them is truly difficult. Even if we can lose the two singles to Berdych there are two more singles and a doubles match. I feel, Radek Stepanek, as he is basically a doubles player for last couple of years, cannot be unbeatable. So, we need to win the doubles in that case to win the tie. And, Leander, after having won the Wimbledon in the doubles, is in such a form that not only me, anyone can expect the victory in our doubles match.”
According to Zishan, the preparation for the tie against Czech Republic is likely to start in the first week of September after the Indian players return to the country from participating in the US Open.
The coach of the Indian squad clarified, “Participation in the ATP Challengers tournaments in August and also participating in a Grand Slam championship like US Open will be enough match training for Yuki, Somdev. So there is no need of additional training session for the players. Rather a week warm-up is going to be enough for them before the tie.”