Indian Davis Cup star Somdev Devvarman feels happy to be part of a team that is “for once, not bickering or complaining.”
As the team had its first day of practice at full-strength ahead of its match against Indonesia beginning on April 5, Devvarman spoke to the media about his return to Davis Cup action — this is his first tie since September 2011 — and the team’s morale, among other things.
“Everyone is happy to be back; all of us love playing the Davis Cup. For once, we’re not bickering or complaining about problems that we have faced. Now it’s just about finding ways to improve the situation,” he said, of the mood in the camp.
On India’s shot at a spot in the World Group, he said: “We have to start from scratch, but I guess we have to start somewhere. We want to get out of this position.
“Hopefully, in 2014, we’ll have a fair shot at winning the Asia-Oceania (Group I), and then maybe winning a World Group playoff tie.
“Next year, our team will be strong as the younger guys — Yuki (Bhambri) and the others — look good.
“Hopefully, I’ll be around too. Things can start to turn around for us.”
Speaking of his return to Davis Cup action, Devvarman said: “Yes, my last tie was a long time ago. Unfortunately, I missed all of last year because I was not fit.
“I enjoy playing Davis Cup. Honestly, I haven’t played many home-ties… just two so far.
“So, this is still pretty new to me, and I’m looking forward to it. Hopefully, I will win some points for India.”