Aussies forced to play Davis Cup tie in 'dangerous' Uzbekistan

Mark Stevens, Yahoo!7 March 1, 2013, 8:42 pm

The Australian Davis Cup team have been forced into the dangerous back blocks of Uzbekistan to win back it's place in the world group.

The Aussies fear the city of Namangan is unsuitable for the team led by Lleyton Hewitt, and may request for the location of the tie to be changed.

Bad-boy Bernard Tomic is a also a chance to play in the crucial match at the bizarre venue.

Namangan, Uzbekistan is a world away from the glamour of the pro circuit. Devoid of anything better than a two-star hotel, Indian journeyman Rohan Bopanna expressed his disappointment about the circumstances when he played there last year.

"The hotel we are staying here at Uzbekistan (Namangan) is probably the worst hotel I have stayed in during a Davis Cup tie, all around the world," he posted on Twitter.

The Australian team are remaining diplomatic but are in talks with opposing officials regarding several assurances including accommodation and security.

Given the isolated nature of the city and all the concerns over the venue there is even a chance that Tennis Australia may put in an official request to have the tie moved.

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  1. 01:49pm Saturday 02nd March 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    gee you get some brain dead morons posting! arnt you claudia

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  2. 11:08am Saturday 02nd March 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    just a passing thought how can they be forced i would have thought all any off them had to do was say no i am not going end of story and problem solved or is the money too good to say no too

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  3. 07:31am Saturday 02nd March 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    "Namangan, Uzbekistan is a world away from the glamour of the pro circuit. Devoid of anything better than a two-star hotel" pretty much sums up why the spoilt bunch of self opinionated wankers are whinging all they want is the fame and money but are not prepared to do without for even a few days and as for little bernie tomcat mabey they should send him to Siberia for a while better still send the whole lot of the whinging wankers there let them wake up to themselfs nothing but a bunch of soft pansys

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  4. David01:17am Saturday 02nd March 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Sports "stars" are guttless! Uless you're name is Keith Miller

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  5. CharlieCooke01:02am Saturday 02nd March 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    "Bad-boy Bernard Tomic is a also a chance to play in the crucial match at the bizarre venue." Mark Stevens...read your article before you submit it!

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  6. Nomad01:00am Saturday 02nd March 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Pampered overpaid spoilt Brats!!

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  7. daniel10:08pm Friday 01st March 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    i was actually in namangan for 3 weeks late last year. pleasant and slightly boring however dangerous?? no way! i feel a lot more unsafe wandering the streets of melbourne late at night. Cut the #$%$ and play u weak so and sos!

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  8. Bronwyn10:02pm Friday 01st March 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Just play you bunch of drug taking winging idiots.

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  9. Murray09:34pm Friday 01st March 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    ...well I guess anything outside of Sydney or Melbourne is dangerous...wouldn't want to play a cup tie in Alice Springs, Broome or Kalgoorlie I guess either...snakes there, you know and the odd human-devouring dingo...but maybe they all have a 3-star pub so that would make it bearble, at least for a few days...a tennis court would help too, i guess...

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