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matthias
Sep 5th, 2002, 10:13 AM
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.

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spain again :o

MS
Sep 5th, 2002, 01:08 PM
Yeah, I'm also surprised, but happy about this ;). I think it's a money question. The ITF is quite strict with the Fed Cup, high expectances, and I don't think not too many places want/can afford this. I think the Fed Cup is quite important for the Spanish tennis, so they try to do their best and offer a good venue, good money conditions, TV for sure...and this kind of things.

JonBcn
Sep 5th, 2002, 06:02 PM
Nobody else bidded for it; the Spanish got a really good deal here, although even they had to take it somewhere full of tourists to try to generate ticket sales; hence the Mallorca decision last time and now Gran Canaria. Still, I'm not complaining, at least I can go!

spiceboy
Sep 5th, 2002, 06:13 PM
:eek: :eek: :eek: hard indoors in Spain :fiery: :fiery: :fiery:

anabel
Sep 5th, 2002, 07:28 PM
being in Canarias increases Marta's chances to play :) or at least to be in the team, which i think will be Arantxa Conchita Vivi & finally Marta or Magüi, or maybe Arantxa Conchita Marta & Magüi, as Arantxa & Conchita would play the double and not Vivi.

[S@nti]
Sep 5th, 2002, 09:27 PM
OMG Marta must be in the spanish team!!!! :D:D

TatiAnnahølic
Sep 5th, 2002, 11:47 PM
pffff@ hard indoors :mad:

ChrisGermany
Sep 9th, 2002, 09:18 PM
I am sure they cannot leave Vivi out as no2 in doubles and a good hardcourt player - I think Marrero is out as Serna is the better singles player ranking-wise - you cannot leave out a top player in doubles only because of Conchita ?! Arantxa is the top player and out of discussion

[S@nti]
Sep 9th, 2002, 11:31 PM
I think the spanish team will be:

Arantxa
Serna
Marta
Vivi (i don´t think Conchita will be in the team)

TatiAnnahølic
Sep 11th, 2002, 08:33 PM
Conchita
Vivi
Arantxa( please no)
and Magüi

griffin
Sep 24th, 2002, 01:36 PM
Originally posted by MS
The ITF is quite strict with the Fed Cup, high expectances, ...

One would assume so, but no offense, RFET couldn't even keep the lights on during play last year and the turnout was miserable.

I hope for everyone's sake things go better this time around.

Good news for Spanish fans, though :)

Gallofa
Sep 24th, 2002, 05:20 PM
Hey Ms Moderator! don't you be dissin' us Spanish people! :( ;) ...hmmm.... we just have unconventional ways of organising sporting events! (yeah, that! :D :p)

anabel
Sep 24th, 2002, 09:30 PM
Originally posted by ChrisGermany
I am sure they cannot leave Vivi out as no2 in doubles and a good hardcourt player - I think Marrero is out as Serna is the better singles player ranking-wise - you cannot leave out a top player in doubles only because of Conchita ?! Arantxa is the top player and out of discussion

Watching how things go right now, Conchita will be spanish #1 at the end of the season... so i guess you can leave out a top player in doubles for the top player in singles.

And about Magüi & Marta.... they results are quite similar lately, i mean pathetic, and if he left Magüi out ( Marta played singles and not Magüi) in July, he could do it here again.. maybe Magüi's best chance is that they are played on hard..

MS
Sep 25th, 2002, 06:34 AM
I think it's Conchita, Arantxa, Vivi and Magüi/Marta.

It seems Mico likes Marta better than Magüi, but we'll have to wait. Both are doing badly and Marta did great last time against Germany but...Magüi played a great match against Hungary and later Mico 'forgot' her, so....as I say, a little bit patience ;)