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Davis Cup: Australia forfeits!!

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Australia will not go to Chennai for the Davis Cup tie against India next month, Tennis Australia announced today.

The decision follows the International Tennis Federation board’s rejection overnight of a Tennis Australia appeal to shift the tie 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 explained.

“The ITF decision has left us with no other option,” Mr Pollard said. “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,” he said.

Davis Cup captain John Fitzgerald said he was angry and upset with the ITF decision.

“It is just irresponsible. Surely some thought must be given to the players’ safety.

“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,” Fitzgerald asked.

“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,” he said.

Fitzgerald said the players shared his disappointment and still hoped for an ITF change of heart prior to May 8.
I can't believe this. I am so disappointed in the ITF and Tennis Australia.
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Australia withdraw from Davis Cup tie in India!

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Australia withdraw from Davis Cup tie in India due to security concerns

April 25, 2009

Tennis Australia has confirmed they will not send a team to Chennai for the Davis Cup tie against India next month because of security concerns.

The decision followed the International Tennis Federation board's decision to reject Tennis Australia's appeal to shift the tie out of India.

"We asked for the tie to be moved because we have major security concerns for the players, particularly during the election," said Tennis Australia president Geoff Pollard in a statement.

"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."

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What a shame, and apparently the consequences could be a 1 year ban from Davis Cup and a $100,000 fine.

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Australia withdraw from Davis Cup tie in India due to security concerns

April 25, 2009 Tennis Australia has confirmed they will not send a team to Chennai for the Davis Cup tie against India next month because of security concerns.

The decision followed the International Tennis Federation board's decision to reject Tennis Australia's appeal to shift the tie out of India.

"We asked for the tie to be moved because we have major security concerns for the players, particularly during the election," said Tennis Australia president Geoff Pollard in a statement.

"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."

Australia now risks a one-year suspension from the competition and a heavy fine.

Davis Cup captain John Fitzgerald said he was angry and upset with the ITF's decision not to shift the Asia/Oceania Zone Group I third round tie from May 8-10.

"It is just irresponsible," said Fitzgerald.

"Surely some thought must be given to the players' safety. 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."

Fitzgerald said the players shared his disappointment and hoped for the ITF to change their minds.

"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."

Can't believe this is happening to a country with such a rich Davis Cup history.

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Re: Australia withdraw from Davis Cup tie in India!

This is so messed up. This could end up being the reason that Lleyton Hewitt never plays Davis Cup again. So if we get banned for a year does that mean we also get relegated to Asia/Oceania group 2? I'm so pissed off that if in 2011 we have our Davis Cup team that no longer has Lleyton Hewitt facing teams with the likes of Kuwait, Malaysia and Oman!. Even worse I think I've somewhere before that we might actually get relegated to the lowest level of competition! We arent going to be in the World Group again for some time to come.
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ridiculous.
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The ITF are an absolute joke, firstly why the fuck is the tie not in July like it should be, this just doesn't make any sense.
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Ridiculous, the whole sub-continent is a danger area. Terror attacks in both India and PAkistan of late.
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bloody hell

Let's not do this
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Re: Australia withdraw from Davis Cup tie in India!

yeah... um... good one ITF... a couple of sri lankan cricket players eat lead in pakistan mere months ago and any reservations go unheeded... the ITF risk ridiculing themselves with this decision... we travel there for cricket... we know how it is... we watch the england cricket team travel, leave, then return after the bombings...

without doubt, the aussies would have done there own homework and research on how well security was gonna be upkept and not just taken somebody else word for it and throw elite sportsmen into the cauldron when security is stretched enough to warrant an entire series of cricket shifted to another country...

wow...

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wow fucking brilliant itf is a bunch of pigs
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i mean... the thing is... australia sends international tours there regularly... only late last year did we spend over a month and a half there playing cricket all across the country... its not like we dont have successful history travelling there... so why would we suddenly have reservations...?

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local unrest in india does NOT involve ginger guys from australia.

well, it sure doesn't now.

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but this reminds me of when india threatened to boycott the test series in australia against aus due to accusations of singhs racial slurs.
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Re: Australia withdraw from Davis Cup tie in India!

India is kind of safe compared to Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
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What would have been so awful to move it out of Chennai, and thus save all this grief?
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