Indian tennis player Saketh Myneni gave his verdict on the Davis Cup fiasco that has taken place ahead of the India Vs Pakistan tie, which is set to be played at a neutral venue. “The Davis Cup thing is going the wrong way.
The whole team going and winning is gone now. We are worried about other things in a negative way,” Myneni said. With the entire controversy surrounding the much awaited event, Myneni feels that Davis Cup might lose it’s importance amongst rising stars.
“When I was growing up, Davis Cup was big. Team events for tennis happen only once or twice a year, maybe the Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, along with Davis Cup,” he said. “I don’t think the younger generation has seen the good side of it yet.
There’s too much other drama going on. Tennis is not about the results of the top players like Prajnesh Gunneswaran, Ramkumar Ramanathan, Sumit Nagal anymore. That’s the way the sport is getting in a bad way”.
He further added, “When they are not involved, they will maybe think that all the things that are written (in newspapers) is what’s happening. But once they are involved in the process, maybe it will be a different scenario.
That’s the time they will start thinking that they don’t want to be a part of the drama. Or maybe, they want to be a part of it. Because representing the country is a huge honour”. Still in contention to make it to the team, Myneni added, “We want to go and win, that’s the priority for me.
I didn’t want a forfeiture (in case India couldn’t field a team) and a ban and something else to happen, so I was alright with travelling to Pakistan,” he adds. “It’s about the sport, not about what’s happening behind the scene. Unfortunately, (the drama is) what tennis is become now”.