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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

July 2009 DAVIS CUP in the Philippines...

This was  the word from ITF Security consultants and they just waiting when is the GO signal of Philippine authorities.For security reason of what happened in Pakistan last week  on attacking Sri Lanka's cricket players  that 's why they lost the right to host another games.Supposedly , Pakistan was to host the best-of-five series from July 10-12, but the ITF said the Philippines will have the choice of venue “based upon existing advice from the ITF’s security consultants.”
 “The Philippines has been told, ‘It’s your right to host it now. Can you tell us where and when?”’ ITF spokesman Neil Robinson said Wednesday.

Last week, tennis authorities in the Philippines asked the series be moved to Manila because of fears that its players may be attacked. Three of the five Filipino players, including Cecil Mamiit, are dual U.S.-Philippine citizens and Philippine Lawn Tennis Association that vice president Randy Villanueva feared they may be targeted because of their American passports.
Last March 3, as gunman attacked Sri Lanka’s cricket team as it traveled by bus in Lahore, Pakistan. Six police officers were killed and seven team members injured.Since the attack, several events have been pulled from Pakistan, including a junior tennis tournament that had been scheduled for Karachi.

Pakistan Tennis Federation secretary Rashid Khan said Wednesday the series should be held in a third country.“If they think that the security situation is not ideal here, then the tie should be organized at a neutral venue and if the security is not good in Pakistan, we don’t think that the (security) situation is too good in the Philippines.


deejay March 20, 2009 at 1:25 AM  

well, this is good news for the philippines to host this kind of prestigious games...its just a starting point to host international games. thanks for sharing by the way.

Ron Centeno March 21, 2009 at 9:00 AM  

This would help boost Philippine tourism.

Nice post.