The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has excluded Tunisian players from competing in next year’s Davis Cup, following the Tunisian Tennis Federation ordering one of its players not to play against an Israeli competitor.
Last month at the at the 2013 Tashkent Challenger, the Tunisian Tennis Federation breached the ITF Constitution by interfering with international sporting practice and ordering Tunisian Malek Jaziri to not compete against Israeli Amir Weintraub
At its regularly scheduled meeting in Cagliari, the ITF board of directors was not satisfied with the case put forward by the Tunisian Tennis Federation and unanimously voted to suspend Tunisia from participating in the 2014 Davis Cup. Tunisian ITF board member Tarak Cherif abstained from the discussion and the vote.
ITF president Francesco Ricci Bitti said: “There is no room for prejudice of any kind in sport or in society. The ITF board decided to send a strong message to the Tunisian Tennis Federation that this kind of action will not be tolerated by any of our members.”
The decision of the ITF board of directors is final.