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Teams get down to business in sweltering conditions

sports Updated: Sep 10, 2012 23:33 IST
Ashutosh Sharma

The heat was a dampener as India and New Zealand got a taste of the conditions at the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association Complex on Monday.

In an attempt to acclimatise, the teams had two practice sessions of three hours each.

India, who are still to decide on their singles and doubles players, had local lad, Sanam Singh, Vishnu Vardhan, Saketh Myneni, and Sriram Balaji spending close to four hours on the courts.

The hosts are awaiting the arrival of Yuki Bhambri and Divij Sharan from China, where the duo finished runners-up in the Shanghai ATP Challenger on Sunday. The two are expected on Tuesday.

"The combination will be decided after the team assembles and we evaluate the players' fitness," SP Misra, India non-playing captain, told HT.

With little known about the opponents, the Indians got a glimpse of their strengths and weaknesses during the Shanghai Challenger.

While Yuki, Vishnu and Sanam, including the reserve Divij were at the tournament, the Kiwis had three members of the squad-Daniel King-Turner, Jose Statham and Artem Sitak, there.

"We managed to observe the players and the feedback will come handy in the preparations," said Vishnu.

Coping with heat
The heat, which has made a comeback, was the talking point with both teams wary of its effects in this high-pressure tie.

"It is hotter than usual but we are used to it in India. As far as the preparations go, we will have the home advantage," said Vishnu.

Though affected by the soaring temperature, Marcel Vos, the New Zealand non-playing captain, was confident that his players will adjust quickly.

"It will be about getting used to the conditions. We played in the Shanghai Challenger and the conditions are similar here. Two-three days on court and we will be set for the challenge," he said.