Indian tennis players request AITA to Seek Neutral Venue for Davis Cup Tie vs Pakistan

The All India Tennis Federation has demanded the International Tennis Federation to re-examine the security situation in Pakistan but non-playing captain Mahesh The Indian Davis Cup team led by Bhupathi has demanded a neutral venue for the match. India is scheduled to play Asia Oceania Zone Group A against Pakistan in Islamabad on 14 and 15 September. The Indian team has been announced for this. But after the removal of Article 370 of the Constitution from Kashmir, the relations between the two countries have again become bitter, after which India's visit to Pakistan after 55 years is stuck in the balance.

All India Tennis Association (ITA) General Secretary Hiranmay Chatterjee wrote a letter to the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Executive Director Justin Albert about the match and urged him to take stock of the security situation in Pakistan.

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24 hours after Chatterjee's request, the Indian Davis Cup team has asked AITA to ask the ITF about a neutral venue for the match. The players have been disappointed with AITA's latest stance as AITA did not demand neutral from the ITF but asked to re-examine the security situation.

Mahesh Bhupathi said, "We have asked AITA to be neutral." Another player said that he was surprised by AITA's latest stand that he is only seeking a re-investigation of security. " '

Meanwhile, Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Monday said that the match is not a bilateral series and the World Cup hosting the Davis Cup is involved, so he cannot stop the tennis players from visiting Pakistan.

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The Indian Davis Cup team last visited Pakistan in 1964. Pakistan have been playing their Davis Cup matches at neutral venues over the past few years. Hong Kong refused to visit Pakistan in 2017. Pakistan last hosted China in Colombo in a neutral venue in 2016.

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