its regularly scheduled meeting in Cagliari, Italy, the
ITF Board of Directors found that the Tunisian Tennis
Federation was in breach of the ITF Constitution by
interfering with international sporting practice and
ordering Tunisian player Malek Jaziri not to compete
against Israeli player Amir Weintraub at the 2013
Tashkent Challenger in October. The Board was not
satisfied with the case put forward by the Tunisian
Tennis Federation and voted to suspend Tunisia from the
2014 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas competition. The decision
of the ITF Board was unanimous although ITF Board Member
from Tunisia, Tarak Cherif, recused himself from the
discussion and the vote.
The 2013 ITF Constitution states the ITF and its members
must preserve the integrity and independence of Tennis
as a sport and must carry out their objects and purposes
without unfair discrimination on grounds of colour,
race, nationality, ethnic or national origin, age, sex
or religion. At the 2013 ITF Annual General Meeting in
Paris in July, the 2014 Constitution was amended to add
gender, sexual orientation and disability as other
categories for which unfair discrimination is forbidden.
“There is no room for prejudice of any kind in sport or
in society,” said ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti.
“The ITF Board decided to send a strong message to the
Tunisian Tennis Federation that this kind of action will
not be tolerated by any of our members. The Board felt
that suspension from Davis Cup, a competition that was
founded 113 years ago to encourage better understanding
through sport, would provide a good lesson for the
Federation and a fitting penalty for their unfortunate
The decision of the ITF Board of Directors is final.