DAVIS Cup action resumes on Wednesday minus the Philippines due to the suspension slapped by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) on the Philippine Tennis Association (Philta).
And none was more disappointed than national players Treat Huey and Ruben Gonzales, who missed the chance to compete in one of the most prestigious international tennis tournaments this year.
"Playing Davis Cup and representing my country has honestly been the biggest honor of my career! And I'm looking forward to playing in the Davis Cup again whenever that will be," said Gonzales.
Because of the suspension, the Philippines cannot join tournaments sanctioned by the ITF, the world's governing body in tennis.
"It is embarrassing that the Association has been suspended and we are not able to play in the Davis Cup this week. It's heartbreaking I don't have the opportunity to represent the country this week and help us win and earn promotion to Group 2. To have the team withdrawn from Davis Cup this year by the ITF because of the state of our tennis association is truly sad," said Huey.
Philta was banned for two years last year due to its failure to submit reportorial requirements, including plans to amend its constitution to increase memberships and make the association more inclusive.
The Philippine Davis Cup team was supposed to compete in Asia-Oceania Group 3 on September 15 to 18 with Hong Kong, Kuwait, Jordan, Malaysia, Pacific-Oceania, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Syria and Vietnam.
The country was aiming for an impressive Davis Cup campaign this year to regain a spot in Group 2.