By Ros Satar

  • Great Britain confirm the same side to face Kazakhstan as they gear up for another shot to reach the Fed Cup World Group II
LONDON, UK – The LTA has confirmed the squad to represent Great Britain in this month’s Fed Cup Word Group II Play-Off.

 

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Great Britain Squad

  • Johanna Konta
  • Katie Boulter
  • Heather Watson
  • Harriet Dart
  • Katie Swan

In February the same team were nominated although found themselves without Fed Cup stalwart Heather Watson for the tie, due to illness. However, both Johanna Konta and Katie Boulter left it all out on the court to secure Great Britain a spot in the tie.

 

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Team captain Anne Keothavong said, of the selections: “I’m delighted to name our strongest possible team to represent Great Britain at Copper Box Arena in 10 days’ time against Kazakhstan.  It promises to be a memorable occasion as we aim to reach the world group level for the first time since 1993, staged against the iconic backdrop of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London, a place that has special significance for me.

“There is little to separate the two teams in terms of rankings but I’m confident the home fans will give all our players an inspirational lift just like we had in Bath earlier in February.  It’s also very important to our team to open up our sport to new fans and increase awareness of tennis at different times of the year.”

Johanna Konta in the Fed Cup 2019, Great Britain v Slovenia, Bath

Johanna Konta in the Fed Cup 2019, Great Britain v Slovenia, Bath | (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Konta earned her first Fed Cup Heart Award at the end of last month, winning those four rubbers after collapsing on the way to the changing rooms between the second set and the decider of the final rubber, against Serbia’s Aleksandra Krunic. She came back to finish the set and deliver GB into the play-offs.

Great Britain have fallen at this stage in 2012, 2013, 2017 and last year. This year is the 10th straight year that their opponents Kazakhstan have competed in the Asia/Oceania Zone Group I. They have lost in the World Group II Play-Offs in 2013 and 2017.

 

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When and Where is the World Group II Play-Off between Great Britain & Kazakhstan?

The tie between Great Britain and Kazakhstan will take place between Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 April at the Copper Box Arena, in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Play starts on Saturday 20 at 1:30pm, and the following day at 12pm.

 

Where can I buy tickets?

As part of the LTA’s strategy to make tennis more accessible, ticket prices start from £6 for children under 16 and £12 for adults. To purchase tickets head to the LTA Fed Cup page

 

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