Spain to host 2002 Fed Cup Finals
September 03, 2002
LONDON, England - The International Tennis Federation has announced it has accepted a bid from the Real Federación Española de Tenis (RFET) to host the Semifinals and Final of the 2002 Fed Cup World Group competition.
The Fed Cup Finals, to be held the week commencing 28 October 2002, will be played at the Pabellón Municipal San Fernando in the city of Maspalomas on the island of Gran Canaria. Matches will be played indoors on hard court, the stadium having a seating capacity of 4000.
'The Fed Cup is a high priority for the ITF and remains the largest annual team competition in women’s international sport. Spain has a proven track record in hosting major tennis events in recent years, including Davis Cup and Fed Cup Finals, and we are confident that this year’s Fed Cup Finals in Maspalomas will be a great event,' ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said.
Announcing the decision, ITF Executive Vice President and Fed Cup Director Juan Margets said: 'The Fed Cup Committee considered a number of applications from nations bidding to host the Fed Cup Finals and voted unanimously to accept the bid from the RFET. The bid met all of our requirements and the ITF is looking forward to taking this showcase event to Gran Canaria.'
The ITF’s Fed Cup Committee is chaired by Judy Levering (BoD, USA) and comprises Pierre-Paul de Keghel (BEL), Ann Jones (GBR), Aleksei Selivanenko (RUS) and Georg von Waldenfels (BoD, GER).
Austria, Italy, the Slovak Republic and Spain have all qualified for the 2002 Fed Cup World Group Semifinals. Austria and Spain will contest one semifinal, with the Slovak Republic taking on Italy in the other and the two winners meeting in the final. The semifinals and final will be the the best of five matches: four singles and one doubles. Each match will be the best of three sets. Details of the schedule of matches will be released in due course.