Pak-India Davis Cup tie delay appropriate: PTF

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ISLAMABAD; Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) on Friday termed International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) decision to postpone the Davis Cup tie between Pakistan and India as an appropriate decision. I believe keeping in view the prevailing situation, it is an appropriate decision, President of PTF Salim Saifullah Khan told APP. Pakistan was scheduled to host India in the Davis Cup Asia Oceania Group-I Tie on September 14-15 at the grass courts of Pakistan Sports Complex, Islamabad, where matches against Uzbekistan, Korea and Thailand took place in 2017 and 2018.

 

All India Tennis Association (AITA) expressed concerns at security and last week asked the ITF to shift the tie from Islamabad to some neutral venue or postpone it for a couple of months until the current tensions between the two countries subside. The ITF Davis Cup Committee on Thursday postponed the event till November after holding deliberations on the matter.

It was also declared that the final dates for the event would be announced not later than September 9.

 

On August 22, India’s Davis Cup tie against Pakistan at Islamabad next month has been postponed to November under exceptional circumstances after a security review, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) said. The All India Tennis Association had last week written to the ITF asking them to shift the Sept. 14-15 tie to a neutral venue or postpone it until political tensions simmer down between the bitter neighbours.

 

Following an in-depth security review of the current situation in Pakistan by independent expert security advisors, the Davis Cup Committee has taken the decision to postpone the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group I tie,”ITF said in a statement. The committee concluded that this is an exceptional circumstance while the first priority of the ITF is the safety and security of athletes, officials and spectators.

 

The tie has been rescheduled for November, with the exact dates to be confirmed by the Committee no later than September 9. The ITF will continue to monitor the situation in Pakistan and the Davis Cup Committee will re-convene to re-examine the security situation in advance of the tie.

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