Winning singles can only bring India back among Davis Cup elite: Bopanna

Rohan Bopanna reckons representing India in the Davis Cup is an honour and second only to winning a tennis Grand Slam.

By Subhayan Dutta

Veteran Indian doubles tennis ace Rohan Bopanna believes that it will take the collective performance of both the doubles and singles players for India to win the Davis Cup.

India, a three-time runner-up nation, was once a regular in the World Group before their Davis Cup form started sliding at the turn of the century.

And Rohan Bopanna believes that India’s performance in singles made all the difference. 

“When you play Davis Cup it’s not about just winning a (doubles) match, you need to win as a team,” Rohan Bopanna said in a podcast with Deccan Herald.

“If you are just counting one match like only doubles, I think we would have been Davis Cup champions.

“It’s the singles that give us four out of five points. So, the day we start doing that, it will make a difference,” Bopanna added.

The tennis player from Bengaluru cited the example of India’s 2010 Davis Cup campaign when the nation had retained the World Group berth by getting the better of Brazil in the play-offs.

Rohan Bopanna. 

“If you look back in 2010, Somdev Devvarman and I won those singles matches to get it to the World Group.

“Today that is where we are. If we don’t win singles matches we are not going to be or we don’t deserve to be at the World Group stage,” he added.

Davis Cup biggest after Grand Slam

Having represented India in the Davis Cup from 2002, Rohan Bopanna has come a long way.

Although India has struggled to progress into the World Group regularly, Rohan Bopanna says participating in Davis Cup is the second best thing after a Grand Slam title.

“I started off being in the team with Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi and learned so much from watching them. Today, I can help mentor youngsters who are coming in.

“The pressure of playing in the Davis Cup is the biggest thing for me over the years. Apart from winning a Grand Slam, representing one’s country is the biggest thing for every athlete,” he said.