20 - 21 April 2019

Fed Cup by BNP Paribas

Copper Box Arena, London

Fed Cup: Volunteers reveal favourite moments from Bath

  • 21/02/2019

  • Major Events

The University of Bath recently hosted Great Britain’s first Fed Cup event on home soil in over a quarter of a century.

The Europe/Africa Group I clash was held 6-9 February and saw Great Britain’s Fed Cup team delight sell-out crowds by winning all 10 of their singles and doubles matches played. By prevailing in Bath, the team secured their spot in April’s World Group II Play-Off which will be played against Kazakhstan at home.   

On top of the team’s success, there was plenty of cheer amongst over 1,000 local youngsters as schools across the South West took to the court in planned tennis activities on-site. They were also given the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to watch teams practise ahead of their matches.

The event wouldn’t have been half the success it was without the hard work and dedication of the 113 volunteers who gave up their time to offer their invaluable support.

Roles included centre court and match court stewards, wayfinders, ticket checkers, meet’n’greeters and team leaders – all playing their part to ensure players, fans and school children had the best possible time in Bath.

We asked them to share their favourite moments from the week and here’s a snapshot of what they said...

Harvey, 22

I have two (sorry!): interviewing for ITV West Country (my mum was way too proud about that...) and chatting to a member of the public who had been supporting British tennis around the world for several years - she had some great stories. 

Rachel, 52

A primary school group came off the court and I asked them if they had fun - they replied ‘it was amazing’ and said how they’d love to play tennis like that! Their faces were beaming and you could tell they loved it. 

I also remember an elderly gentleman saying that he was delighted to be able to walk from his house to watch the Fed Cup - it was a dream come true for him!

Anna, 21

I loved watching Great Britain’s matches - the atmosphere was incredible with the home crowd supporting the players. It was also really nice to see the team interact with young fans on and off court, and hopefully some young girls will be inspired to train hard and become great players in the future. 

Sara, 54

Two young girls received a pair of returned Centre Court tickets and came running past as if Christmas had come early, eyes bulging and grinning from ear to ear. Real fans being able to see Great Britain win their group, does it get any better?

Jayne, 58

Watching Johanna Konta smash the last point!!!

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