Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Cockatoo Island
Australian and Dutch Fed Cup teams confirmed
Wednesday, 10 July, 2002
Optus Australian Fed Cup Captain Evonne Goolagong Cawley today confirmed Nicole Pratt [currently ranked 36 in singles], Alicia Molik , Evie Dominikovic , and Rennae Stubbs [currently ranked 2 in doubles] as the line-up which will take on the Netherlands in the upcoming Fed Cup World Group Play-off in Wollongong (July 20-21).
In accordance with the International Tennis Federation's (ITF) regulations, a nation's Fed Cup team must be nominated 10 days prior to the commencement of the Tie, but the Captain is not required to specify which players will play singles and doubles until the official draw on Friday 19 July.
The Dutch team will be represented by Miriam Oremans , Kristie Boogert , Amanda Hopmans  and Marielle Hoogland .
With less than a fortnight to go before the contest begins at WIN Entertainment Centre in Wollongong, Goolagong Cawley is excited by the prospect of leading her first Optus Australian Fed Cup team on home soil.
"I think there will be a great atmosphere in the indoor venue when we take on the Dutch in ten days time and I can't wait to lead the girls on the court in front of a cheering homecrowd," Goolagong Cawley said.
"This will be the first time in more than 30 years that I will be part of a Fed Cup team playing in Australia so I'm really looking forward to it. The Dutch team have some experienced players in Oremans and Boogert so it's going to be a close Tie."
Meanwhile Australia's No.1 singles player, Nicole Pratt is also keen to continue Australia's Fed Cup campaign, "I think we've got a very good chance to defeat the Netherlands.
"On paper we definitely have the better team, although you can never take anything for granted when players are representing their country in Fed Cup because it always brings out your best.
"Our strength is our great team bond and we have the added advantage of playing at home, so I'm confident we can do well."
Australia must win this Fed Cup Tie to remain in the elite 16-nation World Group in the 2003 competition.
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