Pakistan’s ace tennis player Aisam-ul-Haq on Monday expressed his disappointment over the International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) decision and announced that he has pulled out of a Davis Cup tie against India. Aisam-ul-Haq has also informed Pakistan Tennis Federation about his decision.
The star player expressed his disappointment over the International Tennis Federation (ITF)’s refusal to grant Pakistan hosting rights for their Davis Cup tie against India, terming it “discriminatory” against Pakistan which has left him “heartbroken”.
This comes a couple of months after the ITF decided to postpone the encounter due to ‘security concerns’ in the country, pushing the schedule forward from mid-September to late November. The Asia/Oceania Group I match had initially been planned for September, but was pushed back to November 29-30 after safety fears were raised by India amid tensions between the neighbouring nations over Kashmir.
An Indian tennis team last played a Davis Cup tie in Pakistan in 1964, when they beat the hosts 4-0. Pakistan lost 3-2 when they played in Mumbai in 2006.
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17 November, 2019