Rohan Bopanna is the perfect doubles participant within the nation, by a mile. Ranked 19, the previous world No.3, is busy tuning the standard of doubles within the nation with a preparatory camp in Dubai.
“Unfortunately, I am the only top-100 doubles player in the camp”, says Bopanna, as he factors out that Ramkumar Ramanathan (71), Saketh Myneni (84) and Yuki Bhambri (96) are lacking the camp.
“Ramkumar has his own reason. Saketh and Yuki were scheduled to join but are injured”, noticed Bopanna, who has channelised help from Pune Metropolitan District Tennis Association (PMDTA) and KPIT for the camp.
The help ensures that the gamers nearly purchase their ticket to Dubai which Bopanna felt was necessary as he retains insisting on gamers investing on their tennis to get higher.
“We are having the camp in Dubai so that the players are out of their comfort zone, away from family distractions, and focus on best preparation for the season. Apart from the ATP event in Pune, there are a few Challengers in the country”, mentioned Bopanna.
Purav Raja, Divij Sharan, Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, Sriram Balaji,Anirudh Chandrashekhar, Vijay Sundar Prashanth, Arjun Kadhe would all be within the camp together with Toshihide Matsui of Japan and Fernando Ramboli of Brazil.
“Parikshit Somani and Sai Karteek Reddy wanted to join and we agreed. The leading singles players are having their coaches and plans”, mentioned Bopanna, as he defined the rationale for having a doubles camp.
Most of the gamers have the power to interrupt by to the subsequent stage however the concept is to assist them maintain a great stage.
“They all know how to play doubles. They can improve their technique and work as a team. The camp basically gives them a different perspective”, he mentioned.
Interestingly, 4 courts on the Sania Mirza Academy in Dubai are being utilised, with the camp being carried out throughout noon to keep away from disturbing the common coaching schedule. Jeff Coetzee and M Balanchandran are the coaches, together with physios Gaurang Shukla and Manish Singh, aside from energy and conditioning coach Ashish Borkar.
“Some Kazakh players are also training in Dubai in a different place. We will have some matches, sets etc.”, remarked Bopanna.
“My coach Scott Davidoff is here in Dubai. We assembled yesterday. We could have started earlier, but waited for the players to finish their league commitments. The camp will finish on December 23, so that players can reach Pune and get acclimated to the conditions for the ATP event. Or reach home for a few days before starting the season again”, mentioned Bopanna.
In the absence of Matthew Ebden, Bopanna can be partnering thirty fifth ranked singles participant, Botic van de Zandschulp of Holland for doubles in Pune.