Pakistan advanced to the third round of the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group II after their opponents Hong Kong forfeited their second round tie which was slated to be held in April.
According to a report published in Sportsnet, Hong Kong’s forfeiture was prompted by security worries about the tie being played in Pakistan, which has seen several acts of terrorism.
However, the International Tennis Federation said it “regrets and respectfully disagrees” with Hong Kong’s decision to pull out of the Zone Group matches and that Hong Kong’s default will be considered by the Internal Adjudication Panel “to determine whether a breach has been committed.”
The tie was scheduled to be held in Islamabad, at the Islamabad Sports Complex from April 7 to 9.
The hosts, the top-seeded team in Group II, now await the winner between the Philippines and Thailand. The Group II third round ties will be held from September 15 to 17, later this year.