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Chennai will host India-Aus Davis tie

March 26, 2009 12:40 IST

The All India Tennis Association ruled out shifting the May 8-10 Davis Cup match between India and Australia from Chennai, saying proper security arrangements will be in place to hold trouble-free matches.

An AITA official though admitted that the International Tennis Federation had written to them about security concerns raised by the Australian team.

"We are confident of holding the tie in Chennai and there is no need to shift it. ITF wrote to us about Aussies concerns and we have already sent a reply to them.

"There are good security arrangements. Apart from the state police, the security agency which monitored the ATP Chennai Open in January is involved. So there is no question of shifting it (tie) from India," the he said.

Asked if the ITF had replied to the AITA confirming the tie, the official replied, "No, they have not replied, but we have assured them about proper security arrangements.

"We were sent a questionnaire, as is the procedure, and we have replied. As of now the tie is on."

The winners of the third and final round Asia/Oceania Group I tie advance to the World Group play-offs.

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