Gardner decision still pending two months on

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The Antigua & Barbuda Tennis Association (ABTA) is yet to decide the fate of national player, Kevin Gardner, following his “no show” for the country’s return to the Davis Cup held in Uruguay last month.
The senior national player was placed on “suspension” by the tennis association while investigations were carried out. Secretary of the association, Peter Quinn, had said a decision would have been made by the end of July.
According to Quinn, however, there has been no official discussions on the issue to date.
“There has not been a decision as yet [and] no, I can’t say [when a decision will be made]. There have been discussions but the disciplinary committee has not been officially convened to consider the matter but there have been discussions amongst executive members but the disciplinary committee has not been convened to deliberate on the matter,” he said. 
Gardner has denied reports that he opted out of representing the twin-island state at the prestigious international tournament, claiming that the association did not purchase a ticket for his travel from North Carolina to Miami in the USA where he was scheduled to meet the rest of the travelling party.
This, the player claimed, even after he had informed the association he was in need of a ticket.
Quinn had however denied Gardner’s claim, stating that the cost of his inter-state travel was never an issue.
The secretary said things will be done strictly by the books where the investigation process is concerned.
“Well, he was on the radio saying what he had to say but he has not been contacted but we will follow the disciplinary procedure. The disciplinary procedure provides for due process to be followed,” Quinn said.
Gardner, in an earlier interview on The Good Morning Jojo Sports Show, said he was undecided as to whether or not he will represent Antigua & Barbuda in the future.

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