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Czech's Consider Withdrawing from Fed Cup Due To War

Report: Czechs consider withdrawing from Fed Cup because of war


April 2, 2003
PRAGUE, Czech Republic (AP) -- The Czech Republic might withdraw from its first-round Fed Cup match in the United States because of fears about a possible terrorist attack, a newspaper reported.

``Our feelings are based on what's going on in the world,'' Czech Tennis Association head Ivo Kaderka said, according to the Web edition of the Mlada Fronta Dnes daily.

The best-of-five Fed Cup series is scheduled for April 26-27 in Lowell, Mass. The Czechs will decide April 16 whether to play, the report said.

``We have not been contacted by the Czech Federation. We're looking forward to a sold-out Fed Cup event,'' U.S. Tennis Association spokesman David Newman said Wednesday.

Sisters Serena and Venus Williams have been chosen to lead the U.S. team. It would be the fifth time in Fed Cup history that the world's two top players will be on the same team. The United States has won a record 17 Fed Cup titles.

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The war is in Iraq, not the United States.
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They might as well withdraw. They are guranteed to loose .

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Fear of terroism or fear of Venus and Serena???
I think they're trying to find a way out and the war and the fear of terrorism is as good an excuse as any.

It would take a miracle for them to beat the U.S. so why come all this way. Of course, the fact that the Czech players are probably already in the states because the last THREE tournaments have been here, is beside the point. Refusing to play because of "terrorisim" is better than being bageled in every match.
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Sort of like when the Americans withdrew from the Fed Cup finals at the end of 2001. Clearly they were scared of being bagelled.

Afterall, there was no war going on in Europe at the time.
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And no terrorist attacks, and there were already Americans playing there at the time...

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If they do pull out, I will have just as much respect for the decision as I did for the USTA's.

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Sort of like when the Americans withdrew from the Fed Cup finals at the end of 2001. Clearly they were scared of being bagelled.

Afterall, there was no war going on in Europe at the time.
But see, that is quite different.

9-11 just happened a few months before, and it was against the US. Sure, Europe had nothing to do with it, but terrorism just hit the US personally. It was directed at the US and the Fed Cup team would be in danger because they are playing for the US.

There have been bombings in Africa at US embassies(sp?), so why could that not happen in Europe?? No where was it safe to be an American during that time, and fear was high. I think it was quite understandable.

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Think some of you might need to widen your reading material. This war is going to result in retaliation against all western nations. If anyone sitting in the US really believes that you are safe because the war is not in the US, but taking place on the ground in Iraq, I think you need a reality check.

Personally I think every time you board a plane these days one has to wonder is it safe? What makes you think they aren't going to start having suicide bombers in the US?

I think you have to respect that players have the right to decide when and where they take any risks that affect their life.
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Agree with Vicky. I understood quite well the U.S. reasons for withdrawing from the Fed Cup in Spain in 2001, and I'll support the Czech decision as well. If you have reason to believe -- or feel -- that your safety is compromised by competing somewhere, then it's well within your perogative to opt out. Too bad for the sold-out Fed Cup, but there are a lot more important things to worry about than that.
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Fear of terroism or fear of Venus and Serena???
You know, that's very short-sighted and insulting. The Czechs as a people have lived through more war-related horror than the Americans so if they are a bit wary of feeding themselves into a possible terrorist target, so be it.

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I don't know how you could see this as an excuse on their part .... The US is always under some Orange, Red or whatever alert...and the news is constantly discussing how XXX terror group is planning suicide missions. Obviously a lot of people would be dissapointed but there is no need to ridicule them over it.
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If they want to pull out due to terrorism then I can understand(somewhat that) ...BUT why does it take 2 weeks to decide? If they are that fearful then just state "we are not playing.. sorry"?


A part of me thinks that they just don't feel like wasting a trip because they know Serena and Venus are going to be tough to beat.

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They may be waiting to see what the climate of the war is....maybe hoping it will be over!
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