Canberra will host Australia's Fed Cup tie against the Ukraine in February after Tennis ACT secured its first major event. They will also make a grass center court and practice as per Australian skipper Alicia Molik's request for a grass surface.
“We have a fantastic tennis community in Canberra and it is a real coup to secure the Fed Cup tie," Tennis ACT boss Kim Kachel said. "I've no doubt the public will come out in droves to support our elite Australian athletes at our world-class facility.”
He further added, “Ashleigh Barty is fresh off winning the Newcombe Medal and the current Australian team is one of the strongest we've seen in a long time. They are all brilliant role models for aspiring kids participating in schools and clubs across Canberra.”
Molik said, "It's a fantastic advantage to play a Fed Cup tie on home soil and we hope to see a very loud and patriotic crowd at the Canberra Tennis Centre in February.”
"We've chosen grass as we believe that will give us the very best chance to win. Ash, Dasha, Sam and Casey are all tremendous players and are keen to do everything they can to get us over the line and into the elite top eight in Fed Cup.”
"This is an important tie for both teams to potentially return to the elite world group and we expect a fierce battle. We played the Ukraine away in February this year and we know just how good they are.”
"Elina Svitolina is ranked No. 6 in the world so it will be tough, but we're excited about the challenge and looking forward to a great tie."