The Chile Tennis Federation has been fined $55,000 for unsuitable court conditions in Chile’s Davis Cup tie against Colombia.
The Colombian team had complained that the clay court installed by Chile was unfit for play. Colombian player Santiago Giraldo was defaulted for walking off the court in protest during the reverse singles, handing the tie to Chile.
"[The] Davis Cup committee of the ITF decided on a sanction of $55,000 for irregularities during the Davis Cup tie between Chile and Columbia," Colombia’s tennis federation said in a statement. "It consists of $15,000 as a penalty and $40,000 as the partial retention of a bonus."
However, the federation indicated that it may appeal the committee's ruling to not award the tie to Colombia, saying the umpire's decision had been to play the tie.
The decision comes as the Chilean government is investigating the Chilean federation for financial irregularities under its recent president. In addition, Marcelo Rios—a former world No. 1 and Chile's assistant captain—recently decided to step aside.
Chile's win sent it into the World Group playoffs.