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Denmark Loses Davis Cup Appeal

June 7, 2004

LONDON (AP) _ The International Tennis Federation upheld its decision to exclude Denmark from the Davis Cup until 2005 for refusing to play in Algeria for security reasons.

Denmark had requested a venue change for the first-round matches April 9-11, contending security in Algeria was flawed and the ITF should have moved or canceled the series.

The ITF’s Davis Cup committee dropped Denmark to the lower Euro-African qualifying Group 3 while allowing Algeria to advance to the second round.

The ITF board decided at a Paris meeting last week to reject the appeal, the ITF said Monday.

By forfeiting, the Danes were to face Slovenia in the Euro-African Zone Group 2 playoffs. But the Davis Cup committee ruled Denmark would take no further part in the 2004 competition and awarded Slovenia a walkover.

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