The International Tennis Federation revealed that the Davis Cup World Group play-off tie between Israel and Argentina will be hosted at the Sunrise Tennis Club in Sunrise, Florida in September. The tie will be played on outdoor hard court.
According to a press release from the ITF, the “neutral venue was proposed by the Israel Tennis Association, who retained choice of ground after the tie was unable to be staged in Israel. The venue has been approved by the Davis Cup Committee subject to a successful ITF site visit.”
These two teams have only met on two previous occasions, with Argentina leading with an undefeated 2-0 record. Their last meeting took place 24 years ago, where Argentina won the tie 3-0 on their over soil in Buenos Aires. Argentina is looking to retain its place in the World Group for the 14th successive year, while Israel is looking for a return to the top division after a year’s absence.
The Sunrise Tennis Club, that will provide a seating capacity of around 2,000 for the tie, successfully staged an ATP Challenger event for several years between 2004-10. Situated in south-east Florida, the city has large Argentine and Jewish communities, so both teams can expect strong support.
All eight World Group play-off ties will be held on 12-14 September. The two World Group semifinals (France vs. Czech Republic) and (Switzerland vs Italy) will also take place that weekend.