Harshana Godamanna to retire from Davis Cup
Sri Lankan’ s Tennis star Harshana Godamanna will retire from Davis Cup tennis competition today (13) at the SLTA courts . Godamanna the present coach of Massachusctts University in USA said my last and final match will be on Saturday ,.when Sri Lanka will take on Iraq at the Group IV Davis Cup Ruketon Tennis tournament finals.
Since 2002, I have given all I can to keep the Sri Lankan flag flying high. I was lucky enough to play for this long with over 20 different team mates along the way.
Actually playing my last game for Sri Lanka is very emotional one I think the time time has come to end my playing career and give that chance to another youngster and we have lot of potential young players who need proper guidance .At the moment l live with my baby and wife and want to spend more time with them well as now this is my 18 th year from 2002 at Davis Cup and wanted to end on a winning note added Godamanna.
I think fitness and understanding among the payers during the game is more important.We have to focus on these areas and get more exposure at International level is very important
I am very keen to give my service as a coach and hope to come back from USA at least once a year and give my services to the local Tennis players .
Actually when I was in my school Royal College my brother used to play tennis and I followed him. and my school coach Sylvester Francis gave guidance to me to come up .I had happy memories of my school. where I won public schools tennis titles which paved the way to enter the National squad said Godamanna.
Actually we have to dedicate to this sport while playing without injuries is very important.Especially the atmosphere of Tennis and facilities of this sport is vital and the support from the officials and coaches directly paved the way to go forward .
I used to coach at Massachusetts University where I studied earlier and my duty to is to produce talented players from this University.As a coach we have to update always but I think paper qualification not enough to do coaching and get more experience for this post .
Godamanna also said “I want to thank all my team mates for endless memories we’ve created together. Also, to all the Captains I’ve had. It’s always a team effort in Davis Cup, hence why I will miss these moments in the future. However, I am confident that we have a strong line up of young players to take over. I will take the back seat and guide them as much as I can. I want to thank my Parents and Family for all the sacrifices they have made and letting me live the dream I had as a kid. You trusted me, invested in me and gave me the opportunity to learn and grow to be the player and the person I am today. Tennis taught me more than just the sport. It taught me life lessons and lots of values of life.
I always appreciate my two coaches, Sylvester Francis and Dominik Utzinger. Both of them changed my life. I was fortunate to have you by my side. I am certain that I will not be a coach today if not for what I’ve learnt from you.