Press Release : Nursultan , Kazakhstan – 27th November, 2019
The Indian Davis Cup team, under new captain Rohit Rajpal. is raring to go on the indoor courts of the National Tennis Center at Nursultan the capital of Kazakhstan.
In temperatures reaching – 20 degrees, the team has done well to acclimatise to the extreme conditions outside. The tennis center in Nursultan which houses 10 outdoor courts, including 4 indoor courts, provides the right setting as the neutral venue for the much talked about tie.
While the outside courts are covered with knee deep snow , the 4 indoor courts provide the right heating arrangements and facilities warming the hearts of the Indian team.
“It’s very cold outside but the indoor courts and the arrangements done by the kazakhstan tennis federation in preparing for the tie has made us all comfortable,” said Rohit Rajpal who makes his debut as the captain of the team.
“The team is having a great time on and off the court , the warm up sessions, the cool down sessions are important and the entire team goes through these regimens religiously as it’s important to be fit and avoid injuries due to severe cold conditions,” he added.
“Our manager(Sunder Iyer) has also got plenty of Indian food with him this time to Ensure our players feel at home,” he said.
Sumit Nagal and Ramkumar Ramanathan, who in all probability lead the Indian challenge, are raring to go.
“I think it’s a fun challenge. There are a lot of times we have tough situations in tennis, but you have to fight it out. Good part is we are playing indoor, last tie I played in China we played outdoor in around 1 or 2 degrees celsius,” said Sumit, when asked about the task at hand.
“We are all enjoying here, every one is loving the snow and staying warm at the same time with bunch of layers. Thanks to AITA for helping the team with amazing warm jackets. We can’t wait to get on the courts on Friday and show why we are here,” he added.