Somdev Devvarman, India’s highest ranked player in the world, has been to various places in India — Mumbai, Hyderabad and Agartala — spending time with his parents for a month and is now ready for the big battle on his home turf, the 2014 Aircel-Chennai Open, beginning on Monday.

Ranked 90 in the world, Devvarman was lucky to get into the main draw of the tournament after Estonia's Jurgen Zopp pulled out; the cut-off this time was 89.

Better than a wild card

“It’s better than a wild card and I feel it is good that others (get wildcards as well),” said Devvarman, after training with Sanam Singh for an hour at the Nungambakkam Stadium.

Devvarman is unfazed by the expectations as the top-ranked Indian. “In my younger days, may be (would have felt the pressure). Not anymore. It’s more about the season than about a tournament. I will be happy if I play good tennis,” he said.

After negotiating a shoulder injury, Devvarman is fit and eager to make the best of the situation. “Being a pro, you have to deal with injuries. I had surgery on my right shoulder. Now I am ok,” he said.

For Devvarman, reaching the main draw of three Grand Slams this year, and getting into the top 100 after starting the year with a ranking outside 600, were things that make him feel truly blessed. “Reaching the main draw (second round) of the Australian, French and US Open were certainly the highpoints,” he said.

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