By Ros Satar
- GB will play a Fed Cup home tie for the first time in 26 years
- LTA confirm it will co-host Europe/Africa Zone Group I with Poland
- Pre-draw to be held to determine which nations will be in Bath
LONDON, UK – For the first time in over 25 years, GB will host a home tie for the Fed Cup in 2019, sharing the duties with Poland for the Europe/Africa Zone Group I.
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Great Britain will be playing a Fed Cup tie at home for the first time in quarter of a century after the LTA today confirmed that it will co-host the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Europe / Africa Zone Group I from 6 – 9 February 2019 at Bath University. The Zone Group event will be co-hosted with Poland and the fifteen nations in Group I in 2019 will be split across the two host locations.
Seven other nations will compete alongside Great Britain, playing in two groups of four. The winner of each group will play in Saturday’s final to decide which country goes forward into the World Group II Play-Offs in April 2019. This will be a unique opportunity to see Great Britain battle it out over four days playing two singles matches followed by a doubles match with each nation in its group.
The pre-draw will be conducted later this week involving the following nations (in alphabetical order) to determine which seven will travel to Bath: Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Sweden, Turkey and Ukraine.
Scott Lloyd, LTA Chief Executive, said: “I’m thrilled that the International Tennis Federation has awarded us the opportunity to co-host the Europe/Africa Zone Group I stage of the 2019 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas. Staging this Fed Cup tie forms a key part of our new strategy to open up tennis by showcasing our women’s team and bringing world-class tennis to new and existing British fans.”
Anne Keothavong, Great Britain’s Fed Cup Captain, added: “We are absolutely delighted at the prospect of playing at home for the first time in 26 years. This will give us a platform to show everyone what Fed Cup is all about and the passion the players have for the competition. I’m hoping we can replicate the support our Davis Cup team gets and that seeing our players perform up close will inspire the next generation of kids to get out there and pick up a racket.”
The last time the GB Fed Cup team played at home was in May of 1993 at Nottingham Tennis Centre, winning their group against Luxembourg (3-0), Lithuania (3-0), Russia (3-0), Ukraine (3-0) and Turkey (3-0) to advance to the world group. The team included Jo Durie, Clare Wood, Monique Javer and Julie Salmon.
Ticket information will be released next month. For further information please go to www.lta.org.uk/FedCup.
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