Hong Kong defaults Davis Cup match in Pakistan over security fears

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 22 March, 2017, 12:56am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 22 March, 2017, 12:56am

Citing security concerns, Hong Kong is forfeiting its Davis Cup matches against Pakistan, scheduled for next month in Islamabad.

The International Tennis Federation said Tuesday that it “regrets and respectfully disagrees” with Hong Kong’s decision to pull out of the Zone Group matches.

The Davis Cup committee had ruled that the Pakistan Sports Complex in the capital could host the April 7-9 second-round encounter. Pakistan hosted matches against Iran in February.

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Now Pakistan will face Philippines or Thailand in the third round.

The ITF said that Hong Kong’s default will now be considered by the Internal Adjudication Panel “to determine whether a breach has been committed.”

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