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2005 Feb 28 - Davis Cup: Security warning

As we prepare for the Israel v Great Britain Davis Cup tie, the British squad have been issued with instructions not to leave their hotel in Tel Aviv unaccompanied following a suicide bombing in a nearby nightclub which killed four people.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Andrew Murray said:

"We spoke about the bomb and we were told that we must not leave the hotel on our own

"Jeremy (Bates - Great Britain captain) told us to be careful when we go out of the hotel and not to do anything stupid.

"The bomb went off just a few miles from where we are staying.

"I will try not to think about what happened but I don't think it will have any effect on the British team's concentration. We will be safe if we stay in the hotel and the tennis centre."

Jeremy Bates said:

"It was a terrible thing, a very unfortunate thing, but I think that sport must go on.

"I think that there are a lot of people involved in this event who have obviously taken great care to make sure the event runs smoothly."

The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) said in a statement:

"We have every confidence in the organisation and security of this tie. "We will continue to monitor the situation carefully."

LIVE coverage will be shown on the BBC from the 4-6 March.


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