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Proteas look inward for Davis Cup tie

sports Updated: Jul 02, 2009 01:10 IST
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It's hard and it’s indoor. South Africa will try and maximize their home advantage when they host India on the surface for the Davis Cup World Group play-off from September 18-20.

The South African Tennis Association announced the Ellis Park Indoor Arena in Johannesburg as the venue for the tie. It's a hard greenset court, where speed can be altered as per need. In all probability, it will be a fast court with high bounce to give their No1 player — the 6'8" tall Kevin Anderson —the advantage.

Incidentally, Anderson had teamed up with India's top player Somdev Devvarman at the Wimbledon doubles. The duo lost in the first round.

"It is a concrete court and as far as I know they are going to put the acrylic a fortnight before the tie," said India's non-playing captain SP Misra. "Since it is also at an altitude it is going to have very high bounce, which may be tough to get used to."

India had decided to field the Australian team at the hard courts in Chennai. Though the Aussies excused themselves from the tie, it was a shift from India's preferred surface grass solely on account of Devvarman's comfort on the surface.

"They are a decent but beatable team," added Misra. "Since it's a hard court, Somdev should be able to take care of it. We'll try and get there at least a week in advance so that the singles players get enough practice."

Though Anderson has missed the two Davis Cup ties this year due to injury, with a career record of 5-1 and a World Group berth at stake, he will be expected to shoulder his team's ambitions.