Davis Cup: India to host Spain on Delhi hard courts

The All India Tennis Association has decided to host the Davis Cup World Group Playoff contest involving India and Spain in September on hard courts. It could not meet the challenges required for it to be held on grass.

Spain is to arrive in India for its Davis Cup tie in September.   -  Akhilesh Kumar

Keeping the monsoon in mind, the All India Tennis Association (AITA) has decided to hold the Davis Cup World Group Playoff tie against Spain on the hard courts of the Delhi Lawn Tennis Association in September.

The AITA did try to hold the tie on grass, but it was unable to meet the challenges.

"September being a monsoon month and prediction of heavy rains severely limited the chances of a suitable venue for grass courts. In addition, requirement of World Group ties being quite demanding like creation of 4000-seat stands etc., and the time available for preparation being short, it was ultimately decided to have the matches at a venue well equipped for such a tie. The tie will therefore be held on hard courts," said the secretary general of the AITA, Bharat Oza in a statement released on Monday.