ITF delegate happy with tennis facility for CWG

Tom Boyle, who will be in charge of the tennis event during the Games, arrived here this morning and inspected the R K Khanna Tennis Stadium.

"From my perspective it's fine. Certain things were required to be done when I came here last time but now the players facility, the locker room, the players lounge.. all are ok," Boyle told PTI.

"We had the opportunity to test the facilities during the test events. It was a work in progress at that time and it's pleasing to see that everything is ok. I am confident that the players will have a good time," he said.

Asked about the playing surface, which was earlier criticised for being outdated, Boyle said, "We have hosted a few test events for on the same surface but I would not like to comment on it. It's for coaches and the players to see. We will ask them when they will come here and practice."

The tennis stadium is quite far from the Games Village but Boyle said the players are not likely to experience any difficulty while shuttling between the two places.
"There are good facilities here. The players can practice, have food, lounge is there and then there is a dedicated transport lane. I don't think, there will be any problem."
Several top tennis players have pulled out of the tennis event in its debut year but Boyle said they do not have control over such things.

"The International tennis has a busy calender. Every week there is a tournament and we can't control players choice. It's up to athletes," he said.
Boyle also informed that referees, who did duty during the Australian Open this year, will do the job during the tennis event.

While the chief umpire will be from India, other umpires have also been called from South Africa and England to conduct the event, he said.

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