Zia optimistic for Davis Cup tie against Slovenia
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s coach and non-playing captain Mushaf Zia Wednesday said the team would have an edge playing at home in the two-day Davis Cup Asian Oceania playoff tie against Slovenia scheduled to take place at the grass courts of Pakistan Sports Complex from March 6.
Addressing a press conference along with Pakistani players Aqeel Khan, Aisam-ul-Haq, Muzammil Murtaza, Heera Ashiq and Mohammad Abid here at a hotel, he said the Pakistani players will have an advantage in the tie playing on the grass courts.
“This is the first ever visit of a European Davis Cup team to Pakistan. The Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) was thankful to the sponsors for supporting the Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) to hold the tie in a befitting manner,” he said.
He said the Slovenia team was a balanced one and a tough contest was expected between the two teams during the tie. “However, Pakistani players have good experience on grass courts which is totally new to the Slovenian players as they haven’t played on it,” he said.
To a question, Zia said if once the tie was held on grass courts than it cannot be shifted.
Aisam said he was fully fit and the team has an advantage of the home ground. “The young players will get a chance in the tie as it is difficult for me and Aqeel to play five matches,” he said. – APP