The Philippines will miss participation in the Davis Cup Asia-Oceania Group III 2021 from September 15-18 in Amman, Jordan, as the Philippine Tennis Association (PHILTA) remains in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) is banned.
Led by Treat Huey, the Philippines were to compete in the tournament against Hong Kong, Kuwait, Jordan, Malaysia, Pacific Oceania, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Syria and Vietnam, in which three countries entered the Davis Cup The 2022 World Cup will move in to Group II playoffs.
The country’s Davis Cup team members, consisting of Huey, Ruben Gonzales, Francis Alcantara and AJ Lim, will miss the action as the Philippines are serving their second year of suspension.
“I’m really sad that we are excluded from the Davis Cup,” said Alcantara, who won SEA Games gold in men’s doubles with Jeson Patrombon in 2019.
“A couple of friends of mine who are drawing in Jordan asked me why we weren’t playing and I just told them what happened and how we were banned from the ITF.”
“I wish all the teams the best of luck there and hope they stay safe during the game,” he added.
Filipino-American veteran Huey expressed frustration with the situation by saying, how much he wants to represent the country.
“It’s embarrassing that the association has been banned and we can’t play the Davis Cup this week. It’s heartbreaking that this week I don’t have the opportunity to represent the country and help us move up and move up to Group II, ”said Huey.
“That the team is being withdrawn from the Davis Cup by the ITF this year due to the condition of our tennis federation is really sad.”
But Gonzales, who teamed up with Huey, for silver in the men’s doubles at the SEA Winning Games already plans to play for the country again if the ITF ban is lifted.
“Playing the Davis Cup and representing my country was honestly the greatest honor of my career! And I look forward to playing in the Davis Cup again anytime, ”said Gonzales.
The country’s tennis federation has been suspended from the ITF due to unresolved leadership and governance issues, following the mandate of the president of the international federation David Haggerty runs counter to making the local organization and its membership base more “inclusive”.
Topics include the controversial election of Antonio Cablitas as PHILTA President, which is not recognized by the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), and the creation of a separate one Group, the Unified Tennis Philippines (UTP), which claims to be recognized by the Philippines Sports Commission (PSC).
Despite previous demands by the ITF to hold a fair election under POC rules, the international federation gave PHILTA another chance to follow protocol to lift the ban.
However, the ban was imposed because PHILTA failed to hold a POC recognized election n and the required documents to be submitted.
The Philippines were relegated to Group III and should compete in the playoffs of World Group II after the country last March in the Davis Cup game at the Philippine Columbian Association (PCA) in Paco, Manila, against Greece, the number 3 in the world, Stefanos Tsitsipas, had lost in 2020. – Rappler.com
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