The likes of Somdev Devvarman and Yuki Bhambri might be doing well in the circuit but that’s not enough and Indian tennis needs some top class singles players to take the interest to a higher level, Britain’s former No. 1 Tim Henman said on Sunday.
“The interest has always been great in Indian tennis with Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi in the last 15-20 years but it’s important that you have next generation coming through,” Henman said lamenting about India’s fortune in the post Lee-Hesh era.
“You want top class singles players, that’s the highest level in tennis. It’s good to maintain the interest and hopefully one of the younger players come up. I know you have a couple of younger players improving their rankings but I would love to see top class singles players because that would take the interest level to a higher level,” the four-time Wimbledon semifinalist said.
Hailing Paes’ fitness and agility at 41 years, he said: “It’s fantastic that Leander is still going strong. He’s a year older than me – he’s 41. He won another doubles title. It’s interesting to see how long he can keep it going.”