One step at a time, we’ll go for gold
It is a 16-team draw and there are at least four or five teams which are capable of winning gold. We are taking one match at a time and we hope to be playing for gold.other Updated: Oct 03, 2010 02:06 IST
I have been part of the Indian team at quite a few multi-discipline events like the Olympics, Asian Games, Afro-Asian Games and South Asian Federation Games. Now, add the Commonwealth Games to the list. There is always something exciting about playing for the country and the Tricolour and support of your fans does add to the excitement.
It is good to see tennis on the Commonwealth Games' programme. It is going to be one of the high profile disciplines at these Games. I am sure the crowd support will egg us on. It is good for the sport that it gets into focus as part of such a high-visibility event.
The RK Khanna Tennis Stadium wears a new look, though I have not had a chance to see it. We have played a lot of Davis Cup matches at the venue and it will be a return to a familiar place.
It is a 16-team draw and there are at least four or five teams which are capable of winning gold. We are taking one match at a time and we hope to be playing for gold.
The draw has given Leander (Paes) and me the top seeding while Somdev Devvarman and Rohan Bopanna are the second seeds. Ken Skupski and Ross Hutchins of England and Paul Hanley and Peter Luczak of Australia are the third and fourth seeds. Both pairs are strong with a lot of potential. The Scottish pair of Colin Fleming and Jamie Murray, who meet Rohan and Somdev in the first round, are also tough customers.
We are playing a Sri Lankan pair, Ruchika Jayawickreme and Thangarajah Dineshkanthan, in the first round. I have often been asked about Village life at Games such as these. It is a big change from hotels on the ATP Tour, where we travel as individuals. Here you get to meet a lot of people from other disciplines and it is interesting to see how they prepare.