Moscow will hold the Fed Cup semifinals and final in November, the second straight year it has hosted the conclusion to the top team event in women's tennis.
The International Tennis Federation said Friday it chose Moscow ahead of Nice, France, and Garmisch, Germany. Defending champion France, Russia, Spain and Austria have reached the semifinals, with the draw Sept. 10 in Moscow.
The decision to award the event to Moscow is subject to an agreement with a promoter. The matches will be played the week of Nov. 22 on carpet at the 5,200-seat Ice Stadium Krylatskoe, which is in the final stage of completion.
ITF president Francesco Ricci Bitti cited the boom in Russian tennis, noting seven women are ranked among the top 20, including French Open champion Anastasia Myskina and Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova.
"As they did last year, the Russian Tennis Federation will do an outstanding job in hosting and promoting the 2004 Fed Cup finals," Bitti said. Christian Bimes, president of the French tennis federation, called the decision to play in Moscow "financially motivated."
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