Spain appeal over U.S. choice of Davis Cup court
BARCELONA (Reuters) - The Spanish tennis federation (RFET) has appealed to Davis Cup organizers over the surface chosen by the United States for July's World Group quarter-final.
The surface, known as Indoor Hard Premiere, was not on the list approved by the International Tennis Federation (ITF), the sport's world governing body which runs the Davis Cup, the RFET said in a statement on its website (www.rfet.es).
The company that made the court, which the RFET named as Premier Concepts Inc., was not one of 91 ITF-approved manufacturers, it added.
"It's a court that we are not familiar with because it doesn't meet the criteria," Spain Davis Cup captain Albert Costa told a news conference in Barcelona.
"So the problem I have right now is to explain to the players what kind of court they will encounter, because even if we wanted to train on a similar one we could not install it because it is not approved," he added.
The ITF said it had received the RFET's appeal, adding that its Davis Cup committee had been asked to consider whether the Austin surface complied with competition rules.
"The committee is in the process of considering this appeal with a decision expected later this week," the ruling body added.
The July 8-10 tie is being staged at the Frank Erwin Center on the University of Texas campus in Austin, home town of former world number one Andy Roddick.
(Writing by Iain Rogers in Madrid, editing by Ed Osmond)
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