V.V. Subrahmanyam

HYDERABAD: If the brains-trust of Indian tennis is looking for sheer class to see it through the turbulent times amidst the backdrop of the Leander Paes-Mahesh Bhupathi row, there can very few qualified and perfect gentlemen than S. P. Misra.

Mr. Misra will be donning the mantle of the non-playing captain of Indian Davis Cup team in its next round match against Romania from September 19.

This famous Hyderabadi put the city on the world map of tennis when many current Indian stars were not even born.

He is quite confident of handling the big stars. “I don’t think it should be a problem. I know them very well and look at it as a huge challenge,” he said. He keeps himself amazingly fit at 66 with a daily game of tennis at Secunderabad Club.

“I or rather we (all the members of the team Bhupathi, Paes, Somdev Varman and Prakash Amritraj) will work hard in a very nice and clean atmosphere,” he promised. Did he expect the post?

“Not really, but you know sometimes opportunities come when you don’t look for them,” he was candid. A contemporary of Ramanathan Krishnan and Premjit Lall, Misra ‘Saab’ also happened to be a training partner of the late M. L. Jaisimha, in his own backyard.