Concerned Argentina Requests Venue Change for Davis Cup Tie Against Israel

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The dreadful conflict in Gaza has continued to increase over the past few weeks in the Middle East region, which has prompted sporting teams and competitors to cautiously revaluate their potential visits to Israel in the meantime.

An example of this took place several days ago, as the The Argentine Tennis Association (AAT) requested a change of venue for their upcoming tie against Israel, which was scheduled to take place in the capital city of Tel Aviv. The ATT says the growing concerns over the conflict ;bring up security concerns for the players at the tournament.

“We are concerned. We have communicated with the ITF, which promises to make a decision about Davis Cup by Friday,” said AAT president, Arturo Grimaldi, speaking to sports channel TyC Sports.

There are two main options to consider, he said. “One is that Israel will give up home advantage if we cede ours in future. The other is that the location is changed to Greece [Athens] or Cyprus.”

While the ATT would prefer taking the home advantage, they are aware that that is likely to be a “distant possibility,” and are prepared to play the tie wherever the International Tennis Federation decides.

“We will wait till Friday and if they say the tie is in Tel Aviv, we will [play],” he said.

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