Australia Fined Over Davis Cup Security Issues

by The Insider on May 25, 2009 · 1 comment

in ATP News

The Australian Davis Cup team has just escaped suspension from the Davis Cup and instead will be fined $12,800 AUD by the ITF.

The ITF’s five-member Davis Cup committee held talks about what penalties Australia should face for refusing to travel to Chennai for the May 8-10 tie because of security concerns.

“The ITF’s Davis Cup committee … decided that Australia would not be suspended from the 2010 competition or relegated from Asia/Oceania zone group 1,” the ITF said in a brief statement.

“Australia will lose choice of ground for their next home tie regardless of the opponent and will pay a fine of $US10,000.

“Australia will also be liable for costs to both the ITF and to the All India Tennis Association to be determined at a later date.”

Tennis Australia had asked for the event to be moved to a neutral venue but the ITF insisted it should go ahead as scheduled.

India’s tennis chiefs have urged the ITF to punish Australia, saying they would have been aware of the potential consequences of forfeiting the tie.

The boycott gave India automatic qualification for the World Group play-offs in September.

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