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Fed Cup matches in Japan postponed by earthquake

Victims walk through an devastated area in Rikuzentakata, northern Japan, Monday, March 21, 2011, after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO LICENSING IN CHINA, HONG KONG, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA AND FRANCE
Victims walk through an devastated area in Rikuzentakata, northern Japan, Monday, March 21, 2011, after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO LICENSING IN CHINA, HONG KONG, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA AND FRANCE (AP)
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The Associated Press
Monday, March 21, 2011; 11:45 AM

LONDON -- The Fed Cup playoff between Japan and Argentina has been postponed because of the earthquake and tsunami and will now be played in July.

Japan was to host Argentina on April 16-17 in Tokyo in a World Group II playoff, but the International Tennis Federation says the best-of-five series will now be played July 16-17 at a venue to be confirmed.

ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti says "in light of these dreadful and exceptional circumstances, we felt it was important to give the JTA (Japanese Tennis Association) the opportunity still to host the tie and for Fed Cup to play its very small part in the healing process of a nation."


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