India Davis Cup worry

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The All India Tennis Association (AITA) is confident the Davis Cup tie against Australia will go ahead as planned in the Southern city of Chennai.

Australia is scheduled to play India in a third round Asia–Oceania Group I match between 8–10 May, but Tennis Australia asked for the tie to be moved due to safety concerns. The International Tennis Federation (ITF) sent a three–member team of security experts, led by Stephen Schad of the Olive Agency, to Chennai to review arrangements for the tie. That review was completed yesterday, and AITA secretary general Anil Khanna said he expects the matches to be held there as scheduled. "Schad and his team conducted meetings with the chairman of the security committee, the police, hotel staff and government authorities, " Khanna said. "The meetings went off smoothly and they will now submit their report to the ITF. This is a routine check and it is something the ITF do all the time. I'm fairly confident that the matches would be held here as scheduled. " Australia had written to the ITF asking for the tie to be moved soon after the attack on the Sri Lanka cricket team in Lahore, Pakistan. The fact the Indian Premier League Twenty20 cricket was also switched to South Africa, and that the Davis Cup matches would coincide with general election dates in the country, was of further concern to the Australians. However, Khanna said the ITF has not indicated the Davis Cup tie will also be moved. "We have had a top ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) event here in January and weeks of ITF and other tournaments at this same venue since then, " he explained. "Since Chennai is on the ATP circuit, we have a good security system in place already. The ITF may suggest a few minor changes, but we don't see major problems with security measures in place. The ITF has not given us any indication that the tie would be moved, so as far as we are concerned the tie will be held here. "About The Sport Briefing This story has been reproduced with the kind permission of The Sport Briefing. The Sport Briefing is published by PA Sport and can be found at: www. thesportbriefing. comThe Sport Briefing is updated as and when news happens, from across the global business of sport. The industry's biggest stories have an accompanying email alert, and The Sport Briefing sends subscribers a daily digest to give them an easy–to–read overview of the day's main events. Contact rory. squires@thesportbriefing. com for more information.

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