Tennis West is pleased to announce that to coincide with the upcoming Fed Cup Final being held at RAC Arena, a general bye has been set for all Tennis League matches over the weekend of November 9 and 10.
With recent World number one Ashleigh Barty set to headline the Finals campaign when Australia takes to the court against France, the general bye will ensure all West Australian tennis enthusiasts are given the opportunity to witness world class tennis right here in Perth.
Australia’s top performing females will head into the two-day Final championed by WA’s own and Fed Cup Captain Alicia Molik, with the team looking to secure Australia’s 8th Fed Cup title.
Having won the title in 1964, 1965, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1973, the stakes are high for Australia’s top performing females as they attempt to recreate the same result as tennis icon Evonne Goolagong, who joined Dianne Fromholtz and Janet Young to win Australia’s last Fed Cup title in 1974.
The November final guarantees to be hotly contested with the French team claiming the 1997 and 2003 Fed Cup title alongside being crowned the 2004, 2005 and 2016 runner up. Having not made the final since 1993, Australia will no doubt look to capitalise and convert on the teams 5:1 head to head nation lead and the benefit of boasting a home ground advantage.
In what promises to be an all-out Aussie affair, RAC Arena will be turned into a sea of green and gold with Perth enjoying front row seats to all the excitement.
Tennis West CEO Mr Michael Roberts says hosting the Fed Cup final is a significant win for Perth and encourages all Tennis League players to make the most of the rare opportunity.
“In the 56 year history of the Fed Cup, Australia has hosted just four finals,”
“Melbourne hosted the 1965, 1978 and 1988 finals whilst Perth hosted the 1971 final against Great Britain at the Royal Kings Park TC,”
“It’s been a long time since the Fed Cup final was played on Australian soil and an even longer time since the Cup made it’s way to the West,”
“Hosting the 2019 Fed Cup final in Perth is a remarkable opportunity for everyone, especially Tennis League teams, to come together to view world class tennis,”
With so many opportunities to get involved, there’s something for everyone to take full advantage of the general bye and be part of all the action.
The Tennis West team looks forward to seeing you at the final.
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