The Indian tennis team has arrived in Denmark for its upcoming Davis Cup tie against the Danish tennis team in the World Group I Play-offs 1st round scheduled to start from 3rd February. The two teams had met last year in India with the Indian team winning it comfortably with a scoreline of 4-0. India leads the head to head record by 2-1.
The Indian team is represented by Yuki Bhambri, Sumit Nagal, Prajnesh Gunneswaran, Ramkumar Ramanathan and Rohan Bopanna. The non-playing captain is Rohit Rajpal. This tie will be played on the indoor hard courts and the venue is the Royal Stage, Hillerod, Denmark. Yuki Bhambri will begin the proceedings against World No.9 Holger Rune.
The schedule is as follows:
The Danish Tennis Association spoke with Sumit Nagal and the excerpts from the short interview are mentioned below.
Many people expect Holger to win his match. Does that put more pressure on you ?
Sumit: I think every match whoever plays is special because it is not an individual match. You have your team behind you, you have your nation behind you. So if you are playing 0-1 or 1-0, it is pretty much the same situation.
It is going to be a full crowd here about 3000 people. What impact does it have ?
Sumit: I think in a normal match that’s the best thing you can have but in a Davis cup match, especially when you are away, it’s going to be a little tougher for the Indian team. I think to have people come and watch you, it gives a lot of adrenaline.
Pictures from the official draw ceremony (Credits: Danish Tennis Association)