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Grass court makes Davis Cup tie tougher for us: Barazzutti


Press Trust of India Kolkata
Italy's Davis Cup captain Corrado Barazzutti on Wednesday acknowledged that playing on the 'unfamiliar' grass court will be their biggest challenge in the Qualifier against hosts India.
The higher-ranked Italians should be favourites to win the tie but India opting to play on grass has opened up the contest.
"That is the court and we have nothing to complain," Barazzutti, who was a member of their only Davis Cup winning team of 1976, said.
"India decided to play here as they think grass is more difficult for us. Italian team has not played a lot on grass but it is okay. We know we have to play very well. We play this match with a lot of respect for these players."

No one in the Italy squad has played a Davis Cup tie on grass and same is the case with India's top-ranked player Prajnesh Gunneswaran and Divij Sharan, who is set to partner Rohan Bopanna in the doubles.
Prajnesh however had played upset now world number 25 Denis Shapovalov on grass at the Stuttgart Open last year.
Ramkumar Ramanathan, India's second-highest ranked player, has played on grass once and so has Saketh Myneni.
With seven rubbers, doubles specialist Rohan Bopanna has the maximum experience of playing on grass.
"For India it is the first time after many years they would play (Davis Cup) on grass. Grass is not too much on the tour, we dont't play too much," said the Italy captain.
Barazzutti looked satisfied with the centre court as it was faster than the practice courts.
"Grass usually has bad bounce. There's a difference between practice court and centre court. Centre court is much faster.
"Weather conditions are also just perfect. It's much better than Australia, at least. It's 44 there. In Italy, it's very cold. So, nothing to complain," he said referring to the recently concluded Australian Open in Melbourne.

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First Published: Jan 30 2019 | 6:16 PM IST

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