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Davis Cup: Indian players request AITA to ask for neutral venue

Prime News, National and International Sport, Tennis, New Delhi, August 13:- The Indian Davis Cup team wants the tie against Pakistan in Islamabad next month to be shifted to a neutral venue and is baffled that the national federation has merely asked for a security re-check so far.

After repeatedly making statements that the All India Tennis Association (AITA) will seek a neutral venue, its general secretary Hironmoy Chatterjee surprisingly sought just a security re-check from the International Tennis Federation.

It left the players and the team management disappointed and after discussing the matter among themselves, they have decided to approach the federation.

“We have asked AITA to request for a neutral venue,” said India captain Mahesh Bhupathi.

Another player, who did not wish to be named, said the team is “quite surprised” with how AITA has dealt with the situation.

The AITA said it would go ahead with the visa formalities for the tie if the September 14-15 clash is cleared by the ITF following a fresh security check. A section within the AITA is also surprised that the Indian government was not ready to take a stand despite escalating tension between the two nations following recent scrapping of the special status accorded to Jammu and Kashmir. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)

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