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Australia want Davis Cup tie moved

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Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:23

Australia are scheduled to play India in a third-round Asia-Oceania Group I match in the southern city of Chennai between May 8-10.

Australia want the tie moved because of security concerns, and the ITF have revealed they will conduct a security check in the coming week.

“Irrespective of whether a security issue is raised or not, our security advisors look into security aspects of every single Davis Cup tie,” Nick Imison, ITF’s communications officer, told the Times of India.

“We will proceed on those lines. Security is of utmost importance. Our security advisors will look into the issue and get back to us in a week’s time.”

Col Chowhan, the All India Tennis Association executive director, is confident the tie will go ahead as planned.

“I’m quite sure everything will be okay and we can hold the tie in India,” he said.

“I personally went to Chennai to oversee everything. In January we had the Chennai ATP event there, it was very successful and it was after the terrorist attack in Mumbai.

“We’ll be using the same stadium, the same hotel, and the same security agency for the Davis Cup tie too and we have the full support of the government.

“That’s the reason why we chose Chennai over the other venues. It’s absolutely safe.”

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