The ITF’s Davis Cup Committee, at its regularly scheduled meeting in Amsterdam on Tuesday, 31 March 2009, considered at great length the situation surrounding the recent Davis Cup by BNP Paribas first round tie between Sweden and Israel, played 6-8 March. The Committee strongly condemned the decision by the city government of Malmo to refuse to allow spectators to attend the matches and the resultant fact that the Swedish Tennis Association played the tie behind closed doors.
The Committee imposed the following penalties against both the city of Malmo and the Swedish Tennis Association in connection with this tie:
1. A five year suspension, commencing immediately, was levied against the city of Malmo as a host city for Davis Cup.
2. Sweden will suffer an automatic loss of Choice of Ground for the next tie if a similar situation occurs in the future.
3. All host city contracts entered into by the Swedish Tennis Association must include a provision guaranteeing that the tie will be open to the public. This must be confirmed in writing by the Sweden Tennis Association to the ITF eight weeks before the commencement of each tie.
4. The Davis Cup Committee denied the request of the Swedish Tennis Association to waive its obligation to provide a minimum of $15,000 against gate receipts and levied an additional fine of $25,000.
The Davis Cup Committee is chaired by ITF Executive Vice President Juan Margets (ESP) and also comprises Pierre Darmon (FRA), Neale Fraser (AUS), Enrique Morea (ARG) and Alan Schwartz (USA).
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