Wellington will host six days of international tennis in February next year, with Tennis New Zealand recently announcing the city will host the Fed Cup. The Fed Cup will have 10 nations form the Asia-Oceania region, including host nation New Zealand as they take part in the Group II event from February 3-8 at the Renouf Tennis Centre.
Last hosting the Fed Cup in 2007, the return of Fed Cup to New Zealand is part of an initiative by Tennis NZ to promote women's and girl's involvement in tennis at all levels. "We are excited to be hosting the Fed Cup here in New Zealand once again," Tennis NZ CEO Julie Paterson said.
"Having our best female players in action at home, competing under the silver fern is incredibly important to the growth and development of our sport." Besides hosting the Fed Cup, Tennis NZ has planned several initiatives aimed at increasing the numbers of female players, coaches and leaders in tennis.
The Fed Cup is backed by the Wellington City Council and Renouf Tennis Centre operators Tennis Central. The event further adds tennis to the already existing summer fiesta in New Zealand that sees the annual ASB Classic to be held in Hamilton and Te Anau that is set to a number of big shots in the tennis world.
This year in the Fed Cup, New Zealand overcame Pakistan and Bangladesh, but lost the crucial tie to Hong Kong 2-1. The New Zealand team is likely to comprise of Paige Hourigan, Emily Fanning, Erin Routliffe and Valentina Ivanov.