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'Indo-Pak tennis series concept is good'

Davis Cup winner Rohan Bopanna says the innovative Indo-Pak tennis series is a good warm-up for players ahead of the Doha Asian Games in December.

india Updated: Nov 10, 2006 11:45 IST

Davis Cupper Rohan Bopanna on Friday said the innovative Indo-Pak tennis series had afforded the players a chance to get into good nick ahead of the Doha Asian Games in December.

"We are getting good practice though the ongoing inaugural Indo-Pak four-match home-and-way tennis series," Bopanna said.

"It is very hectic and energy consuming. However, the players from both sides are getting good matches to prepare themselves for the Asian Games to be held in Doha on December 1," the player told mediapersons after practising at the floodlit Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Stadium centre court in Sector 10.

With ATP singles ranking of 273, Bopanna, who is a member of the Indian tennis team for the Doha Asiad said it would have been nice if players had been given time to overcome their fatigue from constant travelling.

"The series is tough and hectic for both Indian and Pakistan players as lot of travel is involved by road. Driving for four and half hours and then playing without getting proper rest become very hectic.

"It would be better if a player is travelling for one day and getting rest the next day before the match. Playing on three different surfaces in Pakistan and India in three days is okay but for body sake, proper rest is required," said Bopanna.

First Published: Nov 10, 2006 11:45 IST