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Tennis: Israel, Argentina Davis Cup tie switched to Florida

Israel will stage their Davis Cup play-off tie against Argentina in Sunrise, Florida, after they were banned from hosting the tie on home soil.

LONDON: Israel will stage their Davis Cup play-off tie against Argentina in Sunrise, Florida, after they were banned from hosting the tie on home soil.

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) gave the go-ahead to the neutral venue proposed by the Israel Tennis Association (ITA) for the September 12-14 meeting. Israel had wanted to stage the match in Tel Aviv but the tie was switched due to ongoing security concerns linked to the conflict in Gaza.

"The neutral venue was proposed by the ITA, who retained choice of ground after the tie was unable to be staged in Israel," said an ITF statement. "The venue has been approved by the Davis Cup Committee subject to a successful ITF site visit. The tie will be played on outdoor hard court."

A total of eight World Group play-off ties will be held on September 12-14, alongside the two semi-finals between France and Czech Republic in Paris, and Switzerland and Italy in Geneva.

The World Group play-off between Ukraine and Belgium was another tie to be moved on security grounds. It was to have been staged in Kiev but Ukraine will have to suggest an alternative venue.

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