ISLAMABAD: After having been denied a chance to host their Davis Cup tie at home once, the Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) is trying to get a nod from the International Tennis Federation (ITF) once again.
Pakistan was scheduled to host its Davis Cup tie against Lebanon at home, earlier this month but was forced to play the matches away, after the ITF moved the tie on security grounds.
Having won the tie (3-2) in Lebanon, Pakistan moved into the second round of the Asia-Oceania Group II and will now face Philippines in April. Once again, Pakistan is expected to host the tie, pending a clearance from the ITF.
PTF officials say they are “taking all necessary measures” to host the tie at Lahore’s Defence Club from April 6 to 8.
The national tennis body has submitted a “comprehensive security plan” to the ITF and has promised “fool-proof security arrangements for the visiting team.”
A senior PTF official met with the ITF president and the Davis Cup committee in London, assuring them of best possible arrangements.
The PTF has also, reportedly, proposed that the ties be held in either India (Chandigarh) or the United Arab Emirates (Dubai).
The final decision, on whether the tie will be hosted in Pakistan or elsewhere, lies with the ITF. —APP Files