India’s Davis Cup tie against Finland was on Friday deferred to 2021 as the International Tennis Federation (ITF) pushed back all the matches, remembering the Finals for Madrid, to one year from now inferable from COVID-19 pandemic.
India were booked to make a trip to Finland for the World Group I tie in September however now the tie will be played either in March or September one year from now.
The ITF’s choice has come days after four of world’s driving tennis players, including number one Novak Djokovic, tried positive for the feared infection following their support in display matches in Serbia and Croatia.
“The choice to defer the occasion comes following a three-month survey of the significant calculated and administrative difficulties that have emerged because of the pandemic and all potential facilitating situations with the wellbeing and security of all required of central significance,” ITF said in an announcement.
The 18 groups for the Madrid Finals will contend at the rescheduled Finals in 2021, with the draw for the Finals staying as distributed.
“The ITF Board has declared that the 24 home-and-away World Group I and World Group II ties including 48 national groups due to be played in September this year will be delayed until 2021, with binds to be played in either March or September.”
The pandemic has ended ATP and WTA visits and Wimbledon, the most seasoned Grand Slam occasion, was dropped just because since World War II.
India had lost 1-3 to Croatia in the Davis Cup Qualifiers while Finland had beaten Mexico 3-2 in World Group Play-Offs.
It is a simple draw for India as none of the singles players of Finland highlights in top-100. Emil Ruusuvuori, positioned 101, is their best player while others are not even in top-400.
“It’s a reasonable and expected decision.There is vulnerability with respect to global travel. Given the conditions, it is on anticipated lines. And yet, tennis actually needs some beginning. It’s hard to state anything,” India’s Davis Cup mentor Zeeshan Ali said.