Australia pull out of Davis Cup tie
Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:26
The decision follows the International Tennis Federation (ITF) board’s rejection of an appeal to shift the Asia/Oceania Zone Group I third round tie which is scheduled to begin on May 8 out of India because of security concerns.
“We asked for the tie to be moved because we have major security concerns for the players, particularly during the election,” Tennis Australia president Geoff Pollard said.
“The ITF decision has left us with no other option. We cannot send the team. It is extremely disappointing.
“It would be irresponsible of us to send our players into an area of such high risk. Davis Cup is very important to us but some things are more important than tennis.”
The decision also angered Davis Cup captain John Fitzgerald, who believes the ITF should follow the move to switch the Indian Premier League to South Africa due to security concerns.
“It is just irresponsible. Surely some thought must be given to the players’ safety,” he said.
“I believe they say the election is not a cause for concern, the IPL moving is not relevant and that an ATP tournament held in January shows it is safe to play in Chennai.
“So what about the fact that dozens of people are being killed along the campaign trail of the election? A train was hijacked this week, but that does not alter their thoughts? Did the IPL move for no reason?
“The ATP event involved no national teams and was held three months prior to the election. This decision makes no sense. We have worked so hard to get back in to World Group contention, to have it snatched away like this is gut wrenching.”