LONDON -- Israel was awarded a Federation Cup match when the
Indonesian team forfeited by refusing to play a World Group II
playoff in Israel.
The International Tennis Federation's Fed Cup committee also
will consider sanctions against Indonesia. The ITF said it had
received confirmation in writing that Indonesia would not travel to
the July 15-16 match in Ramat Hasharon.
ITF president Francesco Ricci Bitti said Thursday the federation
was saddened by the decision.
"The team was ready and willing to play and understood, perhaps
better than their government, that sport in its purest form is
about building bridges," said Ricci Bitti.
"The Israeli Tennis Federation, who are now winners of this tie
by walkover, were prepared to welcome the Indonesian team to Ramat
Hasharon and are no doubt disappointed to advance to 2007 Fed Cup
World Group II in this way."