Camaraderie was missing in Davis Cup: Bopanna

Rohan Bopanna believes camaraderie was missing in the team which lost the World Group play-off tie against Romania.

updated: October 16, 2008 09:46 IST
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New Delhi:

Axed from the Davis Cup squad, Rohan Bopanna was not privy to what transpired in the locker room but the lanky player believes camaraderie was missing in the team which lost the World Group play-off tie against Romania.

Former Davis Cup captain Leander Paes was conspicuously absent when Prakash Amritraj was playing the reverse singles match on the last day of the tie.

Though team management dismissed reports of a rift in the side, Bopanna believes all was just not well in the locker room.

"We need to have high team morale and good camaraderie among team members, which helps in close Davis Cup ties. This was missing," Bopanna said.

Three players - Mahesh Bhupathi, Amritraj and Bopanna - had earlier refused to play under Paes before the tie against Japan in April.

Paes had resigned from the post after the Beijing Olympics, though he had termed it a personal decision.

Bopanna also said that he was surprised to see his name missing from the list of players, selected for the Romania tie.

"I was surprised at not being in the Davis Cup team for the tie against Romania. Normally we have five players travelling on the Davis Cup team for the away tie, but for this tie only four players were sent.

"I've been in the team from 2002 and also have played singles all the while. I was told I was dropped because my performance was not good enough in the singles for a place in the squad," he said.

Bopanna explained the reason for his falling singles ranking.

"Many don't know that my singles ranking has been affected because of my doubles performances. Many a times I can't play qualifying in the singles as I'm playing in the finals of a doubles event.

"I've had to miss quite a few singles events as the qualifying is played on weekends, and so are the semifinals and finals of doubles."

However, the 28-year-old player promised to win back his place in the team.

"I'm just trying to leave everything behind me and trying to improve my singles rankings and get back my place back into the squad for the tie which will take on the winners of Kazakhstan and Chinese Taipei in April 2009," he said.