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Fed Cup World Group 2 : Thailand vs Croatia
Fed Cup tie moved to Phuket
Published on Feb 21, 2005
[TENNIS] Fans in the south
will have the opportunity of watching the historic Fed Cup World Group 2 tie between Thailand and Croatia as the event has been moved to Phuket from Bangkok in April.
Lawn Tennis Association of Thailand (LTAT) president Suwat Liptapanlop initiated the idea yesterday during the association’s annual meeting, suggesting the tournament be moved to Phuket to boost tourism after December’s tsunami. The tie, originally scheduled to be played at Muang Thong Thani in Bangkok, runs from April 23-24.
The tie will be the biggest nation-to-nation competition ever staged on Thai soil. Suwat, who is also the minister in charge of sports, said staging the event in Phuket would persuade international tourists to return to the south.
“There will be live coverage to many countries and foreigners will see the magnificent beach in Patong and might want to visit,’’ said Suwat.
The LTAT leader also said that tourists in Phuket would be encouraged to go to the competition as entry would be fee. He said a temporary court along with a 4,000 capacity stand would be set up.
Thailand, as hosts, surprisingly moved past Australia 3-2 in the World Group Play-offs last July to earn a slot in the elite group for the first time in many years.
The Thai squad will feature Tamarine Tanasugarn as key player and Suchanan Viratprasert, Napaporn Tongsalee and Monthinee Tangphong, ranked second to fourth in the country.
While Thailand will field an A squad, the visitors will arrive without ace player Kalorina Sprem, the No 17 in the world. Croat No 2 Jelena Kostanic, ranked 35th, will spearhead the team, which also includes Ivana Abramovic (No 231), Darija Jurak (No 333) and Anna Vrijic (No 353).
“Now we are among the top 16 teams in the world group. So our next goal is to win the tie and be in the top eight,’’ Suwat said.
My favorite players are Chris Evert and Jimmy Connors.
Congrats to Tammy for her fourth title in Japan Women's Open 2010.