Tennis Jamaica boss wants changes to controversial Davis Cup contract

Voice of Tennis Jamaica President John Azar

Tennis Jamaica president John Azar says the 2 year agreement signed between the previous adminisitration and Russell Tennis Academy for full responsibility of the country's Davis Cup team, has to be reviewed and certain conditions be met. The previous administration led by Aswad Morgan had signed the agreement for Russell Tennis Academy to have full responsibility for the Davis Cup team, including funding and selection of the national team.

But while they are not looking to disband a 2 year agreement, Azar says this issue is
a serious concern and that he is now awaiting word from Russell Tennis Academy on the conditions outlined by Tennis Jamaica in order for the agreement to remain place.
“At this stage we are awaiting his reply. There are certain terms and conditions that we will not compromise and that will have to be in place if he’s going to be a part of the 2019 Davis Cup team,” noted Azan.

Russell Tennis Academy has sent out a statement in which it noted that it had stepped in at last minute under the previous administration to save the Davis Cup team which had been withdrawn from the upcoming competition due to a lack of funding. 

But, in reviewing the agreement, Azar says while they would want Russell Tennis Academy to keep their funding in place, Tennis Jamaica must have central responsibility for the country's premier national tennis team including selection.

“As it relates to the funding, I’m not in a position to say if this present agreement breaks down where we’ll be but certainly we are committed to sending a Davis Cup team regardless; but my personal view is that I would rather not send a team under the right conditions than yto send a team under the wrong one,” said Azar. Jamaica is set to contest Group 3 of the ITF Davis Cup in June in Costa Rica.

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