Amritraj says India has enough doubles players to choose from but lack of quality singles players is hurting their growth in Davis Cup. So much so that return of Leander Paes for the September 18-20 contest 'doesn't make any difference'.
Asked on the slide of Devvarman, who reached a career high 62 four years ago, Amritraj said, "It is just about having those two good months and all of a sudden, you are ranked 80. There is no reason why Somdev, Yuki, Saketh (Myneni) and all these boys (in the team) can't be in the top-100. They are physically fine, physically strong." He also spoke about the career path of doubles World No.1 Sania Mirza, who was last week conferred with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, India's highest sporting honour.
Amritraj, also a well known expert of the game, could not have ended the conversation without a mention of the ongoing US Open and the long awaited prospect of Roger Federer winning a record 18th Grand Slam.
"But lets not forget all the tournaments between Wimbledon and US Open have been best of three sets. You have to play seven matches to win the title. Novak (Djokovic) has to be the front runner even though he lost to Federer the last time they met. Federer is looking good and a close second to Djokovic," he concluded.



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