The International Tennis Federation (ITF) announced Thursday that the Davis Cup tie between Israel and Argentina will not played in Tel Aviv due to concerns over the military conflict between Israel and Hamas.
Israel was scheduled to host the World Cup playoff tie on September 12-14 at the Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv.
The ITF Davis Cup committee “determined that, while the military conflict seemed to be slowing down, there was no certainty that this would be the case at the time of the tie that is due to take place in five weeks,” the federation said in a news release. “The committee felt that its first priority was to ensure the safety of the players, officials and the public and regretfully decided that the tie would not be held in Israel as originally scheduled.”
The Argentine Tennis Association (AAT) had requested a change in venue late last month.
Israel can either choose to play in a neutral venue or the Davis Cup committee would decide whether the tie would be held on a neutral ground or in Argentina.
Meanwhile, the Davis Cup tie between Ukraine and Belgium on September 12-14 will go on in Kiev as scheduled, despite the ongoing military unrest in Ukraine.
“The committee determined that, given the current information available, Ukraine would be allowed to host the tie at the Palace of Sports as scheduled,” ITF said. “The committee will continue to monitor the situation in Ukraine.”
Winners of the playoffs will advance to the 2015 World Group, the highest level of Davis Cup competition. Losers will be relegated to their respective Zonal regions.