Fed Cup: Great Britain to host Europe/Africa Group I tie in Bath

03/10/2018

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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 confirmed that it will co-host next year's Europe/Africa Group I tie.

The Zone Group event, co-hosted with Poland, will take place from 6–9 February at the University of Bath, with the 15 nations in Group I 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.

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 Fed Cup is the largest annual international team competition in women’s sport. The pre-draw will be conducted later this week involving the following nations to determine which seven will travel to Bath: Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Sweden, Turkey and Ukraine.

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.

Don't miss out on the action!

You’ll be able to get up close to the action at this intimate venue, with British Tennis Team Members receiving priority access from 10:00 on Tuesday 13 November. Tickets will be limited, so to access the priority window you’ll need to be an active Team Member as of 23:59 on Sunday 11 November.

New to British Tennis? Find out how you can join the Team here. Already a Lite Member? Log in to upgrade to Team Membership. Any remaining tickets will go on General Sale from 10:00 on Thursday 15 November. Prices per session will start from £8 for adults and £5 for U18s/students with a valid NUS card.

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