In a moral victory for All India Tennis Association, the International Tennis Federation has given India the right to host its next Davis Cup tie against Australia.
Tennis Australia had refused to send a team to India for the third round Asia Oceania tie in May, citing security reasons.
The ITF Board of Directors upheld AITA's appeal against the ITF Davis Cup Committee, which had suggested a draw of lot to decide the venue. The meeting was held in Madrid on Wednesday.
“The directors considered India's appeal and declared that Chennai was a safe venue and Australia ought to have gone to Chennai,” an AITA press statement said. “The directors reversed the decision of Davis Cup Committee and gave the right to India to host the next Davis Cup tie with Australia whenever the two nations are drawn to meet each other.”
The ITF, however, said that they would not review the financial penalties levied on Australia. The former Davis Cup champions got off with a light punishment as they were fined US $ 10,000 and would lose choice of ground for their next home tie regardless of the opponent.
India next face South Africa in the World Group play-offs, which will be held in Johannesburg from September 18-20.