Malmö likely to reimburse International Tennis Federation

Malmö will most likely have to pay $15,000 to the International Tennis Federation (ITF), following a decision to hold the Sweden-Israel Davis Cup match in March behind closed doors.

In a report about the Davis Cup match between Sweden and Isreal, Malmö recreation director Bo Sjöstöm and event director Per-Olov Bergqvist said the city will most likely have to pay the ITF despite the fact that no tickets were sold to the event.

In March, Israel defeated Sweden 3-2 in a tight Davis Cup match in Malmö, advancing to the quarter-finals for only the second time despite a nearly empty stadium and hostile demonstrators outside.

Malmö mayor Ilmar Reepalu elected to hold the match between Sweden and Isreal behind closed doors, much to the outrage of players and fans, due to security concerns.

According to the agreement between ITF and the Swedish Tennis Association (STA), ITF was entitled to half of the ticket proceeds, or at least $15,000, if the match was played in front of an audience.

Since no tickets were sold, STA has petitioned to avoid paying the fee. ITF has rejected the appeal, leading Sjöström and Bergqvist to say it is likely the city will have to cough up the cash.

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