India to host Spain under lights in Davis Cup play-off tie in September
The two singles matches on the opening day of the crucial tie on September 16 will begin at 5pm while the doubles rubber will start at 7pm the next day.tennis Updated: Aug 28, 2016 19:55 IST
In its endeavour to bring more fans to the stadium for watching the Indian Davis Cup team in action against formidable Spain, the DLTA has decided to conduct the World Group Play-off tie in September under floodlights with singles matches starting at 5 in the evening.
The two singles matches on the opening day of the crucial tie on September 16 will begin at 5pm while the doubles rubber will start at 7pm the next day.
The two reverse singles on the final day of the tie will again start at 5pm in the evening.
The decision was taken at a recent DLTA Executive meeting.
The singles matches during the World Group Play-off tie against Serbia, held in September 2014, had begun at 3pm, so this will be India’s first ever tie where the matches will begin so late in the evening.
“We want fans to come and cheer for the Indian players. We deliberated upon the idea how to bring more people to tennis stadium. We have kept those people in mind who have to attend offices during the day. They should not miss this opportunity to watch Indian as well Spanish tennis stars in action,” a DLTA official told PTI.
“Also it’s going to be very humid. The evening start will help players play to their best abilities. We spoke to players to discuss the idea and only after they agreed to it, it was decided to have matches in the evening,” the official added.
The tie has already generated interest after Spanish icon Rafael Nadal, winner of 14 Grand Slam singles titles, stated that the India visit is on his schedule.
Although Nadal’s availability for the tie would depend on how he performs at the US Open, the DLTA has done well by taking this decision.
The dwindling attendance at the cricket stadiums during the five-day Test matches had worried the sports administrators and organisers across the world are keenly experimenting with the idea of hosting Day/Night Test matches.
BCCI, for the first time, is hosting its domestic Duleep Trophy with pink ball under lights.