Local lad Sanam K Singh is all set to feature against New Zealand's Daniel King-Turner in the reverse singles tie of the ongoing Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group 1 relegation playoff at CLTA courts in Sector 10 on Sunday.
Sanam, who debuted for India in Davis Cup in April this year against Uzbekistan, was really excited about the chance of playing for India in his own backyard. "I am feeling honoured as well as excited at the idea of representing India in front of the home crowd. For me, it brings back the memories of seeing Leander Paes playing in the Davis Cup tie in Chandigarh," Sanam said.
Sanam is a product of CLTA and after spending his initial years of career here, he took up scholarship to University of Virginia in USA for collegiate tennis. Apart from making a mark in the junior Grand Slams, his biggest success came in 2010 Asian Games where pairing with Somdev Devvarman he won a gold medal in doubles and also a bronze in team event.
"I am all set to give my best," said Sanam, who will replace Vishnu Vardhan for Sunday's matches.
India is leading 3-0 in best of five matches after second day of the three-day contest.
Earlier, Yuki Bhambri and Vishnu Vardhan had won their respective singles matches and on Saturday, the pair of Divij Sharan and Vardhan gave India unassailable lead.
CLTA proves third-time lucky
Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association stadium proved to be third time lucky. After the past two failed attempts at the CLTA courts (1990 and 1993), finally India tasted victory at the venue on Saturday. In the past, the CLTA stadium has hosted the inter-country event twice. In the Asia/Oceania quarterfinal played at the stadium in 1990, India had lost to Japan 4-1. On the same courts, three years later, India lost their World Group semifinals to Australia 5-0.
Poor turnout continues
The apathy of spectators towards Davis Cup continued even on the second day of the contest. Despite it being a weekend, the attendance in stands could hardly cross the 400-mark. In what seemed an attempt to bring more people into the stadium, a press release was issued on the behalf of CLTA later in the day that said free entry would be given to people to the certain parts of the venue, but the release was hastily withdrawn.