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Kolkata to host Italy Davis Cup tie

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Chosen after securing two key exemptions from ITF

India will host Italy on grass in the qualifiers of the Davis Cup Finals at the South Club on February 1 and 2, said the All India Tennis Association (AITA). Kolkata was chosen as the venue after the secured two key exemptions from the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

The rules require that World Group and Playoff ties be played at a venue where the space behind the baseline is 27 feet and there is a seating capacity of 4000.

Only DLTA and the centre court at MSLTA fulfil the two requirements, but they do not have grass courts.

Non-playing captain Mahesh Bhupathi was keen to play on grass, considering that the Italians are solid hard court players.

“We had written to the ITF, asking for these exemptions because we wanted to play on grass.

“South Club courts have space of 21 feet behind the baseline and we can create stands to accommodate up to 3000 fans. ITF agreed to this,” said AITA secretary Hironmoy Chatterjee.

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