A political wrangle is jeopardising the future of the Davis Cup Tennis Final this year.?
A political wrangle is jeopardising the future of the Davis Cup Tennis Final this year. Yesterday (October 5), South Africa completed a 4-1 semi-final victory over Italy. But India, the other finalists, had already announced unwillingness to meet South Africa in the final on political grounds.
India refuse to play the final because of South Africa's apartheid policies. And there are now suggestions that if the dispute remains unsettled, it could finally lead to South Africa's expulsion from the Davis Cup competition.
As soon as the result was known yesterday, the President of the South African Lawn Tennis Union, Mr. Blen Franklin, sent a telegram to the Indian federation offering to play the final in a neutral country, in order to save the tie: