Australian tennis officials have accused the International Tennis Federation of losing control of the Davis Cup finals between Australia and the United States.
Geoff Pollard, president of Tennis Australia, said in Melbourne that the U.S. Tennis Association failed to adhere to an extended deadline for announcing the court surface for the final, to be held Nov. 30-Dec. 2 in St. Petersburg, Fla.
"The ITF granted the USTA an extension of seven days from October 2 to October 9, but the USTA has decided to take additional time," Pollard said. "The only reason given is that the delay will assist in the promotion of the match."
A spokesman for the USTA said "permission was granted by the ITF" to make the announcement beyond the deadline.
"They are waiting for team captain Tom Gorman to return from Japan and are prepared to meet any fine that may be imposed by the ITF for this breach of the regulations," Pollard said. "Due to time differences we have been unable to contact the ITF, but it is quite clear that over this matter and the ongoing debate over starting times, the ITF has lost complete control of the Davis Cup final." . . .
Five-time Wimbledon champion Bjorn Borg, who is considering a comeback after an eight-year layoff, is still far off his game, two players who work out with him say.
Borg has been training in Milan for several weeks after talking about returning to the tour if he can play at his best.
Ugo Pigato and Enrico Cocchi, young Italians, were quoted by Milan's sports daily Gazzetta dello Sport as saying they have been beating Borg quite easily.
"The last time we played on clay. I left Borg only three games in four sets," Pigato said. Borg won the French Open, played on clay, six times.
"He's improving, but I believe he could hardly make a successful comeback. Right now he would not rank among the top 100 in the world," Pigato said.
Stefan Edberg, Boris Becker and Ivan Lendl advanced to the third round of the Seiko Super tournament in Tokyo. Top-seeded Edberg beat Todd Woodbridge, 6-3, 6-1; No. 2 Becker defeated Ryuso Tsujino, 6-4, 7-6 (8-6); and No. 3 Lendl edged Mark Woodforde, 6-2, 7-6 (11-9).