Davis Cup throws out Spain appeal of US surface
Davis Cup organizers unanimously rejected an appeal by Spain on
Thursday over the United States’ choice of playing surface for the
quarterfinal in July.
The Spanish Tennis Federation disputed the use of the surface –
better known as Indoor Hard Premiere – saying it is not on the list
of 91 manufacturers approved by the International Tennis Federation
and ”fraudulently infringes” Davis Cup rules.
But the ITF’s three-member Davis Cup Committee gave the
Americans the go-ahead, saying it complies with regulations and is
”of the type Acrylic, which is used in over 30 tour events and two
Grand Slam tournaments.”
The pace of the court will, as usual, be tested with a match
ball once it is laid and available for play.
The July 8-10 quarterfinal will be in Austin, Texas.
Spain has won the Davis Cup four times since 2000, while the
Americans have won a record 32 times.