Davis Cup coach Zeeshan Ali says Indoor courts will make it high-quality tie

Vastavam web:  India’s Davis Cup coach Zeeshan Ali is expecting high-quality tennis during the upcoming tie against Canada since external factors like the sun and the wind will have no chance to influence the contest on the indoor courts.Zeeshan said Indian players are expected to do well in the World Group Play-off tie, starting September 15 in Edmonton.”The conditions are perfect playing on indoor courts as there is no outside elements to worry about like wind and sun.
The quality of tennis automatically goes up by about 20 percent,” he said.Both Zeeshan and former captain SP Misra are of the view that India stand a better chance to make the World Group when compared to last three years when team had to contend with formidable Serbia, Czech Republic and Spain.World number 11 Milos Raonic is missing from the line up of the hosts due to a wrist injury, which also forced him to skip the US Open.
“With Raonic injured, we expected this team except Brayden Schnur, who is a bit of an unknown entity. Denis Shapovalov is having a great post Wimbledon season and is in form. It won’t be an easy tie but the chances are the best we have had in four years,” Zeeshan said.Misra, who was shunted out from the job following a players revolt led by Somdev Devvarman, is amused that after his stint as captain, the team has not managed to cross the Play-off hurdle even once.On the insistence of the players, the AITA had made changes in playing conditions and changed support staff, installing Anand Amritraj in place of Misra.
Under Amritraj, Indian team thrice reached the Play-off stage after dominating the Asian region, but AITA early this year replaced Amritraj with Mahesh Bhupathi.”Saketh is serving well and I am sure, it will be a close tie,” reckons Misra.Zeeshan said having a one-week training camp on the indoor courts at University of Columbia has served the Indian team’s cause.”Having this camp was a very good idea as fitness is a cause of concern with our players. It gave us more time to evaluate players, who might be nursing an injury or are not fit enough to play five sets on consecutive days even if they are not injured.