Sports news | India receives Denmark on grass pitches in Delhi

New Delhi, December 19 (PTI) India welcomes Denmark to grass pitches at the Delhi Gymkhana Club in a bio-safety bubble in the Davis Cup World Group I tie from March 5-6 next year, AITA sources confirmed on Sunday.

After consulting with the players, the Indian team management decided to play the games on grass pitches where the Danish players will not feel comfortable.

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“Playing at home means you can create conditions that suit your players. The players and management felt that the Indian team would be stronger on grass against Danish players as they are more used to playing slow hard and playing clay courts. ” AITA source, who is privy to the developments, announced to PTI.

The PTI reported on December 9th that the tie could be held on grass pitches.

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India’s top ranked single player Ramkumar Ramanathan has developed a decent serve and volley game lately, and comeback man Yuki Bhambri also plays comfortably on grass pitches.

The other Indian single players Sumit Nagal and Prajnesh Gunneswaran are no lawn players, but are nevertheless more experienced on lawns than their Danish rivals.

“The DLTA no longer has a grass pitch, so the games will be played at the Delhi Gymkhana Club,” added the source.

The International Tennis Federation wants the tie to be played in a bio-safe environment, creating a bubble for both the players and the officials.

The source said fans are allowed to watch the games, but being close to the players is not allowed, taking into account the health safety of everyone involved.

However, media are allowed to interact with the players.

“Players are not allowed to meet with fans and go outside, but players can speak to the media according to certain protocols,” added the source.

India has a home game after three years and Delhi will host Davis Cup games after more than five years.

The last time Delhi had Davis Cup matches was in September 2016 when Rafael Nadal led Spain and beat India 5-0 in the world group play-offs at DLTA.

The duel from March 5th to 6th is the first duel between India and Denmark since September 1984, when India won 3-2 in Aarhus.

The two teams didn’t clash much as they only played in 1927 when Denmark drowned out India 5-0 in the quarter-finals in Copenhagen.

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