Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) chief Saleem Saifullah recently said that the federation was making all the preparations to host the Davis Cup tie Vs India to be held at the Islamabad Sports Complex. "We are sticking to our original programme of hosting the tie on 14-15 September and I don't see any problem or reason for the Indian team to feel unsafe to come to Islamabad," Saifullah said.
With political tension rising between India and Pakistan, AITA has said it will ask the International Tennis Federation to move the Davis Cup tie to a neutral venue. But Saifullah assured safety of the Indian tennis team in Islamabad.
"They will stay for four days in Islamabad which is a safe city. We have made top-level security arrangements for them at their hotel and at the venue. So what is the problem for them to play in Islamabad? If they want, we will not even have spectators for the tie," he said.
He added that this clash is very important in promoting tennis in the nation. He also mentioned that concerned ministries have been contacted to assure safety of the players. "As it is after a long time we have started hosting our Davis Cup ties at home," he said.
India recently mentioned that they would approach the ITF for a neutral venue. "We have assessed the situation and feel that the atmosphere is not conducive to play in Pakistan. We have decided to write to the ITF on Monday to provide a neutral venue for the tie," AITA secretary general Hironmoy Chatterjee said.