Great Britain’s Fed Cup Captain Anne Keothavong and No.1 doubles and Team Bath player Anna Smith joined local tennis players at the University of Bath today as tickets for the highly-anticipated Fed Cup by BNP Paribas go on sale to the general public. The Fed Cup, which takes place at the University of Bath from 6-9 February 2019, is set to be an historic event for the city, as Bath plays host to the tournament’s return to the UK after a 26 year hiatus.
Earlier this year, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) awarded co-hosting rights to the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and the University of Bath was selected to stage the event. Indeed, Team Bath Tennis, based within the University’s Sports Training Village, was recently named as one of the Regional Player Development Centres as part of the Lawn Tennis Association’s new high-performance strategy and the on-site facilities have been deemed the perfect choice to host the historic Fed Cup next February. The eightcourt indoor hall will be transformed, with capacity for over 2000 fans to watch the action on show courts which are being specially constructed for the event.
Often referred to as the World Cup of Tennis, the Fed Cup sees female teams from almost 100 countries compete for eight spots in the elite World Group for the chance to lift the Fed Cup trophy. Great Britain will be one of eight nations competing in February, with each team contesting a place in April’s World Group II playoffs.
To celebrate tickets being released to the public today, Captain Keothavong and player Smith took to the courts to join players from across the city, including those from the Team Bath Academy, university social players and mums, as anticipation for the tournament’s return starts to build.
Speaking of her excitement ahead of the event, Fed Cup Captain Anne Keothavong said: “I am thrilled that the Fed Cup is coming back to Britain as the tournament is a great way to not only showcase world-class tennis but inspire more women and girls to give the sport a go. I hope the public will come out and support the GB Team as it will really spur our players on.”
Scott Lloyd, Chief Executive of the Lawn Tennis Association said: “We are delighted to bring the Fed Cup to Bath, which gives us the opportunity to put international women’s team tennis on the map and in a city renowned for its sporting heritage. The LTA is on a mission to open tennis up to more people and enable them to experience how much fun the sport can be. We hope people in the South West will take the opportunity to support Great Britain next February and experience the thrill of live tennis.”
Stephen Baddeley, Director of Sport at the University of Bath also commented: “It is a real source of pride to have been selected to host next year’s Fed Cup tie. We have a thriving tennis academy and programme at the home of Team Bath, which includes hundreds of regular players from beginners to tour professionals who will be keen to support this World Cup of Tennis. I’m sure that the event, which is open to the public, will inspire others across the nation to support Britain’s top female players. Tennis is a great option for social sport and fitness as well as for those aspiring to join in competitively”.
The four-day tie takes place from 6 to 9 February, with tickets starting at £6. Each session will guarantee three exciting matches and plenty of opportunity for kids and families to have a go at playing themselves.
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