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Tennis moms revel in Davis Cup glory

First there were daddies. Now, there are mummies! A shift from the usual parental audience during Davis Cup matches, the mothers couldn't be any prouder, watching their young sons shouldering the responsibility of keeping India in Asia-Oceania Group I. Sharmistha Chaudhuri reports.

sports Updated: Sep 15, 2012 00:15 IST
Sharmistha Chaudhuri

First there were daddies. Now, there are mummies! A shift from the usual parental audience during Davis Cup matches, the mothers couldn't be any prouder, watching their young sons shouldering the responsibility of keeping India in Asia-Oceania Group I.

"I'm so proud of Vishnu (Vardhan),"said a bespectacled Padmavati. "I couldn't watch him play in Japan last year. It's wonderful to see him get a chance to play a lead role at home."

She wasn't alone. Yuki Bhambri's mother Indu and elder sister Ankita were subjected to a few anxious moments before the youngster came through in the opener. Doubles specialist and Davis Cup debutant Divij Sharan's mother Anju was all smiles before the opening ceremony: "He's worked so hard for this; it's wonderful to see him get a chance to play." "I had butterflies in my stomach to be honest," said Indu, who was watching her son playing Davis Cup 'live' for the first time. "I knew that Yuki had it in him. I knew that if he could win one set he would pull out the match," said a much-relieved mother.

Watching Vishnu play the second rubber, Padmavati was serious. "Vishnu keeps saying that he misses the seniors because they would have been able to guide the youngsters. But nevertheless, all the mothers flew in last night to watch the matches," said the Vardhan mother, eyes twinkling. So, how proud was was the family of his achievements during the London Games? "We couldn't be happier. It was a dream come true for us all," she added.