Australia will not travel to India for Davis Cup tie

MELBOURNE: Australia will not send its Davis Cup team to India for next month''s tie because of security concerns, Tennis Australia said on Saturday, knowing the country could now face a year-long ban and substantial fine.

On Friday, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) had upheld a Davis Cup committee decision to keep the May 8-10 Asia/Oceania group I tie in Chennai after Australia had appealed for it to be moved to a neutral venue. "The ITF decision has left us with no other option," Tennis Australia president Geoff Pollard said in a statement.

"We cannot send the team. It is extremely disappointing." The ITF had based its original decision to retain the tie in the southern Indian city, which is considered a safe location by Indian authorities, after a review by its security consultants.