Davis Cup final in Belgium to go ahead as planned


The Davis Cup final between Belgium and Great Britain will take place in Ghent as scheduled despite security concerns following the attacks in Paris.

Belgium's football friendly against Spain, which was due to take place on Tuesday, was cancelled due to safety fears following the atrocities in the French capital.

Authorities were searching for a suspected assailant in Belgium on Monday, three days after 129 people were killed following a series of attacks.

That led to doubts as to whether the Davis Cup final would go ahead, but the International Tennis Federation (ITF) says there are no plans to change the schedule and that work is being done to ensure the safety of players and spectators.

"The ITF, Royal Belgian Tennis Federation and associated partners are continuing with preparations for the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Final, with the emphasis on security operations," a statement from the ITF read.

"The ITF is aware of the cancellation of the Belgium versus Spain international friendly football match. The ITF understands that it was the Belgian FA that took this decision after consultation with the Belgian government.

"Other events in Ghent scheduled this week, including a cycling race and a large trade fair, are going ahead as planned."