New Delhi: Newly-appointed Davis Cup captain Anand Amritraj is confident that it will be “smooth sailing” for the Indian team in 2014 as the players’ revolt was thing of past.
He added that he wants to have a say in the decision-making process, for taking the team back to the elite World Group.
The All India Tennis Association roped in Anand as the non-playing captain in place of S P Misra, after top players revolted demanding better playing conditions and a change of support staff.
“The 2014 will be different than this year as there were some problems. I think next year would be smooth since the players have got what they wanted. It will be smooth sailing,” Amritraj said from Los Angeles.
“I am hoping to be part of the selection process and my input makes a difference. We have to pick the team on ranking as well as on current form. Personally, I am concerned with singles and not the doubles, because we have to win two singles,” he added.
Amritraj said captaining India was his long-time dream.
“I was always interested in being captain, say for the last 10 years. When they (AITA) first spoke to me in 2002, it did not happen. I am very happy and thrilled to be captain. I thank the AITA and the players for this honour and privilege of making me the captain,” he said.
Amritraj said his focus will be on singles, even as there will be a selection headache because of presence of lot of good doubles players.
“I will have a word with the AITA selection committee. It’s a tough choice, we have three great doubles players but we have only two slots. Rohan (Bopanna) has played unbelievable, he became world No. 3. It is hard to leave Rohan out. Leander won the US Open. Then Mahesh is also there, so doubles is not a problem. We should focus on singles.”
Amritraj said he shares a very good rapport with the Indian youngsters but refused to give a direct opinion on the revolt, which shook Indian tennis last year.
“The players felt that they needed to do it. But they came back and played the second tie against Indonesia that was good.” (PTI)