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Australia withdraw from Davis Cup tie in India!

Matchu
04-25-2009, 02:35 AM
Australia will not go to Chennai

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.

Dmitry Verdasco
04-25-2009, 02:36 AM
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."

More to follow...



http://www.foxsports.com.au/story/0,8659,25384000-23216,00.html




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

Dmitry Verdasco
04-25-2009, 02:40 AM
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. :tears:

Matchu
04-25-2009, 02:45 AM
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.

JolánGagó
04-25-2009, 02:48 AM
ridiculous.

aussie_fan
04-25-2009, 02:51 AM
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.

ORGASMATRON
04-25-2009, 02:52 AM
Ridiculous, the whole sub-continent is a danger area. Terror attacks in both India and PAkistan of late.

Davodus
04-25-2009, 02:52 AM
:o bloody hell

fast_clay
04-25-2009, 03:05 AM
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...

outrageous...

W!MBLEDON
04-25-2009, 03:13 AM
wow fucking brilliant :rolleyes: itf is a bunch of pigs

fast_clay
04-25-2009, 03:19 AM
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...?

finishingmove
04-25-2009, 03:43 AM
local unrest in india does NOT involve ginger guys from australia.

well, it sure doesn't now.

save ausdecline
04-25-2009, 03:47 AM
but this reminds me of when india threatened to boycott the test series in australia against aus due to accusations of singhs racial slurs.

vamosinator
04-25-2009, 03:56 AM
India is kind of safe compared to Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

bobbynorwich
04-25-2009, 03:57 AM
What would have been so awful to move it out of Chennai, and thus save all this grief?

VolandriFan
04-25-2009, 04:01 AM
Poor handling of the situation by the ITF.

fast_clay
04-25-2009, 04:04 AM
What would have been so awful to move it out of Chennai, and thus save all this grief?


its the timing.... security is already at a premium due to elections taking place...

jmf07
04-25-2009, 04:58 AM
WTF ITF! Ridiculous decision.

To be honest though I think Tennis Australia could find 4 players who would be willing to go and Fitzy and all the support staff wouldn't have to if they didn't want to and then he could choose who he wants to play from Australia. I think a guy such as Sirianni who is about to retire would jump at the chance to play Davis Cup for Australia.

Someone like Hewitt obviously wouldn't go so who knows perhaps this is just a ploy to try and get the tie moved to a neutral venue and enable Hewitt to play because India will be very competitive.

iSzavay.
04-25-2009, 05:26 AM
Oh my god :help: Of course the ITF wasn't gonna do anything, they never do :o (except fine countries who try to make things safe for their opponents :rolleyes:) but still this is horrible. Now Australia will be banned from competition for a few years, just like what happened in Fed Cup a few years ago :sad:

~EMiLiTA~
04-25-2009, 06:49 AM
Very sad, and pathetically handled by the ITF

Matchu
04-25-2009, 07:01 AM
The best possible outcome from this is that the ITF will move the tie to a nuetral venue but the most likely thing is India will just go through to the World Group playoffs. Also will be interesting to see if they will ban Australia for a year and if they will also relegate them to AO Group 2.

Either way I think Australia is in for a big screw job here.

First its tomic and now its our national team. FFS

FairWeatherFan
04-25-2009, 07:14 AM
I don't think the ITF will dare ban Australia, but this is still a ridiculous decision in any case.

TheBoiledEgg
04-25-2009, 09:24 AM
bunch of wussies.

wenty
04-25-2009, 09:25 AM
Wise idea, especially now that the elections are on right now.

CooCooCachoo
04-25-2009, 12:21 PM
:shrug: Is it really that risky to go to India? I doubt it.

But the one-year suspension and a heavy fine seem disproportionate.

gusman890
04-25-2009, 12:38 PM
Never thought I would see the day.

Garson007
04-25-2009, 01:06 PM
Ironic that it was India who refused to travel to South Africa during Apartheid, hence forfeiting the final; at least the ITF is consistent.

Rosa Luxembourg
04-25-2009, 01:21 PM
Cry me a river.

Peta Pan
04-25-2009, 01:23 PM
Pathetic by the ITF.

Surely the fact that the INDIAN Premier League cricket is being held in South Africa for security reasons would be enough to show the ITF that this tie needs to be moved also. What makes the tennis players any less important?

I don't really like the Davis Cup much, but it would be an awful outcome for a team like Australia to be banned and drop out.

spiceboy
04-25-2009, 01:47 PM
Ironic that it was India who refused to travel to South Africa during Apartheid, hence forfeiting the final; at least the ITF is consistent.

It is interesting how the US finally avoided the fine in 2001 :rolleyes: :rolleyes:


http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/tennis/news/2001/11/28/fedcup_fine/

JolánGagó
04-25-2009, 01:57 PM
dont you Aussies revolt against this clownish decision? Australia, harden the f*ck up!

unkIVvjZc9Y

Nacho
04-25-2009, 02:00 PM
It is interesting how the US finally avoided the fine in 2001 :rolleyes: :rolleyes:


http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/tennis/news/2001/11/28/fedcup_fine/

first post in 6 years :lol: :p

shotgun
04-25-2009, 02:01 PM
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.

Agree. These ties in the middle of the clay season make no sense at all.

star
04-25-2009, 02:08 PM
Ridiculous, the whole sub-continent is a danger area. Terror attacks in both India and PAkistan of late.

I dunno. If killings and shooting sprees were the criteria for safety, no Davis Cup tie could be held in the U.S. I think it's more important to see if there has been violence directed at a sporting contest or whether foreigners are being targeted.

spiceboy
04-25-2009, 02:13 PM
first post in 6 years :lol: :p

About time, uh? :cool:

fast_clay
04-25-2009, 02:20 PM
dont you Aussies revolt against this clownish decision? Australia, harden the f*ck up!

unkIVvjZc9Y

thats right... hey... i've got an idea... dont cancel the tie... i'll put my hand up... i'll f**ken play... i dont care... i was born hard... born of the hard brown land... one of australia's own... rednek anglo celtic criminal blood... that's right... i'm hard... i'll f**ken play... i'll put my hand up... just like those anzacs did... i'll make 'em proud...

fast_clay
04-25-2009, 02:23 PM
I dunno. no Davis Cup tie could be held in the U.S.

hmm... you have a point there...

Cashif
04-25-2009, 04:24 PM
Stupid decision by Australian Tennis federation. Chennai is one of the safest places and I dont think there has been any violence ever. It is the SAFEST place in India and I honestly cant think of one single violent incident over there. India is as safe as any other country..

As for poeple mentioning IPL, it was moved because of the elections. Election was/is in this month( ALready two phases over) and also IPL was going to take place in 8 different places. Govt. asked IPL to postpone since it was difficult to provide security during elections that too over such wide area. Govt was willing to provide security if it were to be held in one place. Moreover, the concern was mainly about Mumbai, Delhi and Rajasthan, so IPL decision bears no relation whatsoever.

Oh and most of the international players did visit India, they were there for a week before flying to SA. We dont have any security related issues:shrug:

Byrd
04-25-2009, 05:37 PM
Two sides of the argument, minus the mumbai bombing India is a much safer place than Pakistan and Sri Lanka which has insurgents and tamil tigers running the place, so you could say the ITF could be justified, but even the Indian government itself said all security will be focused on the upcoming elections hence IPL switching to SA, the same applies to the tennis, and why the ITF is possibly wrong.

Cashif
04-25-2009, 06:32 PM
Two sides of the argument, minus the mumbai bombing India is a much safer place than Pakistan and Sri Lanka which has insurgents and tamil tigers running the place, so you could say the ITF could be justified, but even the Indian government itself said all security will be focused on the upcoming elections hence IPL switching to SA, the same applies to the tennis, and why the ITF is possibly wrong.

Refer my above post. as I said before, Elections were on this month (Three phases; two already over), so there is nothing wrong with the security..

Doggy
04-25-2009, 07:43 PM
ITF sucks ass

kiwi10is
04-25-2009, 08:40 PM
the ITF should really think about playing any tennis event in a country where people beat their brain out of their head because some elections are going on. No athlete should be forced to play in a country where people are not able to show their opinion without violence but embarras their country with terrorattacks and streetwar. this is another sad day where politics disturb sport.

Tommy_Vercetti
04-25-2009, 09:10 PM
hmm... you have a point there...

Will there ever be any kind of discussion about anything remotely political without American bashing? Pfft. Serious question.

As for the decision, Australia needs to go there and stop being such pansies. They can't really be scared that someone is going to target the tennis team. It's bullshit.

azza
04-26-2009, 04:13 AM
just go ur not gunna all die lol

fast_clay
04-26-2009, 04:43 AM
Will there ever be any kind of discussion about anything remotely political without American bashing? Pfft. Serious question.

As for the decision, Australia needs to go there and stop being such pansies. They can't really be scared that someone is going to target the tennis team. It's bullshit.

to be fair, you are right on that call... it was a poor comment... gotta give the new admin a fair ol' go... call it 8 years of torment... apologies...

anyways... after getting overheated earlier... i'd just say that its a sh!t time to have a cup tie... on a few fronts...

Mechlan
04-26-2009, 06:50 AM
Australia needs to stop being a pussy about this. They've had loads of athletes play safely there before and they'll have loads more over in the future. ITF isn't blameless here, but their decision is still the wrong one.

kiwi10is
04-26-2009, 10:42 AM
just go ur not gunna all die lol

that's the last thought this cricket team had on their mind before they were all killed??

azza
04-26-2009, 10:57 AM
that's the last thought this cricket team had on their mind before they were all killed??

what what cricket team died recently :\

kiwi10is
04-26-2009, 01:37 PM
what what cricket team died recently :\

http://www.bangladeshihindu.com/attack-on-sri-lankan-cricket-team-india-alarmed/

this was on my mind when I wrote my last post... ok it was Pakistan but this whole area down there Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India and even Thailand is going crazy. I can understand Tennis Australia very well.
Of course I know that there are different political topics going on in each of those countries but that's not a topic in this forum. All I want to say is that it's dangerous to have a sport event with international interest over there since it would be the perfect stage for more attacks