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Re: General Aussie Tennis News - Fed Cup Tie for Perth!!
That would be interesting!
More good news for tennis fans in WA,
Perth has won the right to host another major international tennis event next year.
The International Tennis Federation has chosen the State Tennis Centre in Burswood as the official site for the Asia/Oceania Zone Group I & II Fed Cup by BNP Paribas round robin, from 4 to 7 February 2009.
Paul Smith, Executive Director Davis Cup and Fed Cup said, “The ITF is pleased to have selected Perth as the venue for the 2009 Asia/Oceania Zone Groups I and II event and look forward to working with our colleagues at Tennis Australia. The event always attracts all the leading names within the region, especially as nations competing in Zone Group I bid for a place in the World Group II Play-offs."
Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is the women’s equivalent of Davis Cup by BNP Paribas.
Tennis Australia’s Manager – Major Events, Steve Ayles, said at the announcement today in Perth, “The decision is great for the City of Perth and could mean that, selection permitting, Casey Dellacqua and Jess Moore play for their country in front of a home crowd. “
The event will showcase the top female players from 16 Asia–Pacific countries and will be the first time the Group I and Group II zonals have been played in Australia.
Australia will compete in Group I against Chinese Taipei, India, Indonesia, Korea, New Zealand, Thailand and Uzbekistan.
While Group II will be finalised closer to the tie date, the current countries listed are: Hong Kong China, Iran, Kazakhstan, Pacific Oceania, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Syria and Turkmenistan.
“The tie will include up to 24 matches a day over the four-day tournament, and will provide a spectacular opportunity for Western Australian tennis fans, as well as interstate and international fans, to see some great women’s tennis including a strongly fancied Australian team,” said Steve Ayles.
Victory would give the Australians a chance to climb out of the zonals and into the Fed Cup’s top 16 teams.
Optus Australian Fed Cup Captain David Taylor said, "It will be great for our Optus Australian Fed Cup team to have the chance to play in front of an enthusiastic home crowd in Perth. When you are representing your country, that extra support can really make a difference."
“The girls will put on an excellent show as they will really want to win in order to make it to the World Group II Playoffs.”
“The team was really unlucky last year; we were struck down by injuries to leading players at a time when it looked like we had a fantastic chance of breaking back into the World Group II pool. “
The return from illness of Samantha Stosur, currently 61 in the world, should create a pleasant selection dilemma for Taylor and Optus Australian Fed Cup coach Nicole Bradtke.
Sport and Recreation Minister, Terry Waldron, said the announcement recognised Western Australia’s ability to host major events.
“This is a great opportunity for Western Australians to get involved and promote one of the iconic sports in Australia and more importantly promote and highlight women’s sport,” he said.
City of Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi, said “the event will be fantastic for the City of Perth, and further highlights the City’s status as one of the major sporting capitals of Australia.
“West Australians love their sport and the state has produced some great tennis players including Australia’s highest ranked player, Casey Dellacqua.”