ITF Fines Chilean Tennis Federation for Controversial Davis Cup Venue

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Friday, August 26th, 2016 | 0

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has imposed a hefty fine of $55,000 on the Chilean Tennis Federation (CTF) for hosting a Davis Cup tie on a substandard venue.

The CTF had come under the scanner for inviting Colombia on the clay courts of Iquique, which were eventually deemed unhealthy for players to participate in.

The conditions were so terrible that the match-up commenced only after a day’s delay due to incessant sandstorms. This, however, wasn’t the end of controversies.

Colombian tennis player Santiago Giraldo walked off the court midway through the match after an animated argument with the chair umpire, only to be eventually disqualified.

Giraldo, later, explained that the court “put in risk the integrity of all players” and that there was a huge possibility to get injured while playing under such circumstances.

Consequently, the ITF accused the hosts of violating Davis Cup’s Article 40, which deals with venue conditions.





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