The Davis Cup playoff between Ukraine and Belgium on Sept. 12-14 has been moved from Kiev to a neutral site in Estonia due to security concerns in Ukraine.
The Davis Cup playoff between Ukraine and Belgium on Sept. 12-14 has been moved from Kiev to a neutral site in Estonia, the ITF announced Tuesday.
Belgium appealed to have the playoff moved due to security concerns in Kiev in the wake of continued violence surrounding the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. As the original host, Ukraine had the right to choose a neutral venue and selected the Tere Tennis Centre in Tallinn, the Estonian capital.
The ITF recently also moved a Davis Cup tie between Israel and Argentina from Tel Aviv to Florida due to safety concerns in Israel. In July, UEFA restricted Israel from hosting European soccer matches for similar reasons.
Belgium and Ukraine have met in Davis Cup play twice before, with the former winning on both previous occasions.
- Ben Estes