BOWLED OVER: When he wasn’t playing tennis, India’s Somdev Devvarman ducked over to the historic Melbourne Cricket Ground.
The 551st-ranked player described himself as “a huge cricket fan.”
“Obviously growing up in India, we didn’t have a choice but to watch cricket,” the 27-year-old joked.
On his rest day after winning in the first round at Melbourne Park, Devvarman popped across the railway tracks to the 100,000-seat MCG for a photo shoot at a place he’d seen many times on TV.
“There’s a lot of history over there,” he said, adding that he had fun visiting one of cricket’s most famous venues and the on-site museum where be browsed through the old bats and balls and saw statues of some of his favorite cricket players.
There was one thing missing among the statues, he said: “I wish there were a few Indians over there, too.”
Devvarman exited in the second round after losing a four-hour, four-set battle against No. 24 Jerzy Janowicz of Poland, 6-7 (10), 3-6, 6-1, 6-0, 7-5.