Not with all the essential players. Not under the right weather conditions. And not for long enough.
Tishreen daily reports that these were some of the problems Syrian tennis team members said they faced while training for the upcoming Davis Cup to be held in Sri Lanka. The team is continuing to practice at the Army Club even though their star players, Rabee' Abu Hassona and Sameer Sa'ad, are absent.
"We need them here to create familiarity amongst ourselves," said team member Laith Saleem. He also complained that the team doesn't have exclusive rights to the courts and must share with other players.
And if these problems weren't enough, team member also complained that the weather in which they are practicing is not even remotely close to the hot weather in which they will be playing in Sri Lanka. On top of that, the players complained that they don't have enough time to train. "We should have been practicing for at least the past 4 or 5 months," team member Ahmad Diab said, adding that "we should know everything about the teams we are going to face, too."
Responding to the complaints, team administrators said they were running the best training camp possible given the circumstances. The Head Trainer, Mr. Dawood Dawdian said the Syria Tennis Union requested permission from more than 22 countries to hold their camp abroad and received only three responses - all of them negative.
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