Paes and Bhupathi are giving ideas to ITPA: Somdev



Paes and Bhupathi are giving ideas to ITPA: SomdevBangalore: Somdev Devvarman, who led the players` revolt against AITA, said on Sunday that veterans Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupahti have provided useful ideas for the betterment of Indian tennis, but only time will tell if those ideas will work.

Paes, who was the only top player to not side with the rebel players, surprisingly joined the newly-formed Indian Tennis Players Association as one of the vice presidents.

Somdev said all players including Paes are on the same page on the issues, raised by IPTA.

"I had a good chat with Lee (Paes). He has already planned new things, which is encouraging. I even talked to Hesh (Mahesh Bhupathi) and he has already got six ideas. I am trying to be a part of them. Will this work out or not, time alone will tell," Somdev said after leading India to a 5-0 whitewash of Indonesia in the Davis Cup tie.

About his role in ITPA, Somdev said he plans to improve things for all tennis players including those who have hung their boots.

"I have been fortunate enough that the game has given me some respect. Therefore I have the responsibility to do things the right way. Why not try. Honestly, I am going to put my efforts in and also do whatever I can to give back," he said.

Somdev said he was working hard to get back to the top-100 bracket even though the job was not easy.

"I want to be among top 100 players, but it would be tough because there are a lot of good players at the international level. However, I am happy to be among 200 because I had started off lower in the rankings."

Somdev said he has chalked up a plan along with his coach to gain 1,000 points in a year to get into the top 100.

"In my first quarter, I have gained 250 points. It will obviously be tough to get another 250 points in the second quarter. There are lot of good players and it’s never going to be easy. Even 300-ranked players come up with some quality games," he said.

On today`s win against David Agung Susant in the reverse singles, Somdev said he was not in his elements initially in the match as he was not mentally prepared for it.
"The match was supposed to be played by Sanam Singh who had some niggles in his right wrist. Nevertheless, I do not want to take the credit away from my opponent. I think he played well and I did what I needed to win the match," he said.

PTI