Ukraine vs. Belgium
World Group Play-Off
Date: 12 Sep-14 Sep 2014
Venue: Tere Tennis Centre, Tallinn, Estonia
Day 1: 1600 hrs (1300 hrs GMT)
Day 2: 1500 hrs (1200 hrs GMT)
Day 3: 1300 hrs (1000 hrs GMT)
Surface: Hard (Plexipave), Indoor
Ball: Wilson US Open Extra Duty
Belgium leads Ukraine 2-0
Decision of the ITF Board of Directors regarding Davis Cup venue for Ukraine v Belgium
The ITF Board of Directors has upheld the appeal of the Belgian Tennis Federation against the decision of the Davis Cup Committee to confirm Kiev as the venue for the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group play-off tie between Ukraine and Belgium on 12-14 September. The tie will no longer be played in Ukraine.
The Board noted that the original decision by the Davis Cup Committee had not been unanimous; and that while the recent political unrest had occurred in eastern Ukraine, a disturbance in Kiev’s Independence Square as recently as last Thursday indicated that the security situation there was fluid.
Ukraine now has the option to nominate a neutral venue. As per Davis Cup Regulations 27e (i), (ii) (a), (ii) (b):
If Ukraine chooses to play in a neutral venue, the Ukrainian Tennis Federation has five working days to file a full completed application to the Davis Cup Committee for approval. Ukraine will be considered the home nation for the purposes of the conduct and financial arrangements of this tie and shall have the right to choice of ball and the surface of the court.
If Ukraine does not choose to play in a neutral venue, the Davis Cup Committee has the right to decide that the tie be held on a neutral ground or in Belgium.
If the Committee’s decision is to play on a neutral ground, both nations shall be considered visiting nations for the purposes of the conduct and financial arrangements for this tie. However, Ukraine would lose its turn in the choice of ground rotation. If the Committee decides to play in Belgium, then the Belgian Tennis Federation would be responsible for the conduct and financial arrangements of the tie, including the choice of surface and ball. Ukraine would then have choice of ground for the next two meetings with Belgium.
2009 World Group Play-Off: Belgium d. Ukraine (in Belgium) 3-2