Hong Kong will play their postponed Davis Cup tie against Lebanon on neutral ground in Sri Lanka. The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has informed local officials that the Sars-suspended second round Asia-Oceania Zone Group II match will now be played from June 20-22 in Colombo. 'It is disappointing. Although we don't mind playing the match, we have lost home court advantage as well as the support of our home fans. The loss of home court advantage can make a huge difference,' Hong Kong's non-playing captain Derek Ling said yesterday. However, one redeeming factor is that the tie will be played on hard court, a surface which Hong Kong prefers. Opponents Lebanon would have wanted to play on clay, a surface which is common in Sri Lanka, but the ITF had made certain that as this tie was originally scheduled to be played in Hong Kong last month, the surface should be similar at the neutral venue. 'Last time we played Lebanon in the Davis Cup was two years ago at this same semi-final stage. We played in Beirut on clay and lost 3-2. I know they prefer to play on clay,' said Ling. Lebanon's refusal to play in Hong Kong due to the Sars outbreak resulted in the tie being postponed. There was some initial confusion as it was thought that the Lebanese had conceded a walkover. But the ITF later ruled that the Lebanese had pulled out due to the pneumonia virus scare and ordered that the tie be played at a neutral venue. Sri Lanka was chosen as the Davis Cup Asia Oceania Zone Group IV tournament will be going on at the same time in Colombo. Logistically it was decided to also move the Hong Kong v Lebanon tie to Colombo. 'Apart from losing home court advantage, I'm also concerned over player availability. We have to see if our overseas-based players like Wayne Wong and Michael Brown are available,' said Ling. Wong is presently in his third year at the Berkeley University, California. This university has been at the centre of controversy after it ruled that all students from Sars-stricken countries in Asia would not be allowed to attend summer school. 'We are not clear if Wayne can come back. We have informed him about the tie and are waiting to hear from him,' said Ling. Brown, who did not feature in the first round tie against Tajikistan in February, is currently based in Australia. Apart from Brown and Wong, other players in the preliminary squad are John Hui, Yu Hiu-tung, Brian Hung and Lu Ling. 'We will start a rigorous training schedule for the players who are here. The least we can do right now is to try and get used to the hot conditions which we will confront in Colombo. We are also planning to send Brian Hung and Yu Hiu-tung to play in satellite events in India so that they can get acclimatised,' said Ling.