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China forfeits Davis Cup tie in Romania due to coronavirus outbreak

China forfeited a Davis Cup tie on Tuesday that was scheduled for next month because its men's tennis team cannot travel to Romania.

Men's team slated to play March 6-7 World Group I playoff will drop to Group II

China has withdrawn from a World Group I playoff in Romania next month due to the coronavirus as the men’s team can’t leave the country. Zhang Zhizhen, who left his hometown of Shanghai more than two weeks ago to play, competed in Davis Cup seasons in 2017 and 2019. (Hector Retamal/AFP via Getty Images/File)

China forfeited a Davis Cup tie on Tuesday because its men's tennis team cannot travel to Romania next month.

The International Tennis Federation cited "increased restrictions in response to the current coronavirus outbreak" for the decision.

China was to play in Piatra Neamt, Romania, on March 6-7 in a World Group I playoff.

The ITF said Romania will advance to a World Group I tie in September. China will drop into World Group II.

The death toll in mainland China due to the virus named COVID-19 had risen to almost 1,900 on Tuesday, with more than 72,000 confirmed cases.

The outbreak has caused numerous sports events in China to be cancelled, postponed, or moved, and has affected the ability of Chinese teams to travel for competition.

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