Pakistan get nasty over April Davis Cup result

DAVID LONG
Last updated 05:00 08/05/2013

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Pakistan Tennis Federation's battle to have the result of last month's Davis Cup tie against New Zealand reversed has turned ugly.

The PTF has accused New Zealand players of sabotaging the court, said the referee showed bias to New Zealand, refused to allow its players to have toilet breaks and was at fault for the court getting into a bad state.

The federation has also slated Tennis NZ for forcing Pakistan to play the 2010 tie between the two countries in Hawera, which it refers to as a "remote village".

The tie last month was awarded to New Zealand because the grass court surface in Yangon, Myanmar, was deemed unplayable by Sri Lankan referee, Ashita Ajigala.

The tie could not be played in Pakistan for security reasons, but as they were the hosts, they were responsible for ensuring the court was up to standard.

Midway through the second rubber Ajigala abandoned the tie and awarded it to New Zealand.

Pakistan appealed against the decision, but last week the International Tennis Federation's (ITF) Davis Cup committee turned down a request to have it replayed.

However, the PTF will launch another appeal to the ITF's board of directors at its annual general meeting in Paris on June 3.

"We can appeal till May 30," PTF president Kaleem Imam said.

Tennis New Zealand chief executive Steve Johns said it was preparing for the Kiwis' Asia Oceania Group 2 final in September, regardless of Pakistan's appeal. 

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