Tennis Channel and Stadium will present live daily coverage nationally in the U.S., while WLOS-TV will carry the matches locally in Asheville.
Play will begin at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday’s two singles matches will pit each country’s No. 1 player against the other’s No. 2. Sunday will feature the two reverse singles matches – No. 1 vs. No. 1; No. 2 vs. No. 2 – followed by a possible fifth-and-decisive doubles match. A revised schedule for Sunday may take place if a team clinches in the third or fourth match.
Jeff Joyce-ATA President, Kelly Gaines-Executive Director of USTA-NC, Bonnie Vandegrift-President of the Southern Tennis Association.
Who: Team USA vs. Australia
What: The 2019 Fed Cup
When: February 9-10, 2019
Where: U.S. Cellular Center, Asheville, N.C.
The USTA and United States Fed Cup Captain Kathy Rinaldi announced that No. 17 Madison Keys, No. 23 Danielle Collins, No. 36 Sofia Kenin and doubles No. 13 Nicole Melichar will represent the U.S. in the 2019 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group First Round vs. Australia February 9-10 in Asheville, N.C.
World singles No. 14 and doubles No. 6 Ashleigh Barty, No. 46 Daria Gavrilova, No. 142 Priscilla Hon, No. 157 Kimberley Birrell and No. 160 Astra Sharma will represent Australia for Captain Alicia Molik in the best-of-five match series, which will be played on a hard court inside Asheville’s U.S. Cellular Center. The U.S. Cellular Center was the site of the U.S. team’s First-Round victory over the Netherlands last year and is the first site to host consecutive Fed Cup ties in the U.S. in 12 years.
NOTE: Middle/High school clinics are SOLD OUT!
Ball KidS selection
As we prepare for the return of Women's Pro Tennis with the Fed Cup, local tennis juniors have been practicing hard to perfect their professional ballkid skills. With the help of UNCA players and many volunteers, we have been conducting training sessions at the Grove Park Inn.
Over 40 kids tried out for the ballkids squad. We could only keep 20. They represent a wide variety of local schools.
Final practice session will be held Thursday February 7 at the US Cellular Center when the court is down where uniforms & credentialing can be picked up.
BALL KIDS PRESS
Fed Cup ball kid gig is dream come true for young tennis player - WLOS, Asheville
Perry sisters among 5 locals to be picked for Fed Cup - Blue Ridge Now, Hendersonville
Asheville’s Fed Cup 2019 ball kids worked the UNCA vs Lenoir Rhyne match Sunday, January 27 at Asheville Racquet Club Downtown to build their skills with live play. Thanks to UNCA for the opportunity and to ATA for the snazzy t-shirts!
Check out Blue Ridge Now’s article: Area’s Fed Cup ball kids get in practice at UNCA match
Volunteers help us make this a great Asheville tennis event. They are acting as drivers and kids clinics volunteers for the week leading up to Fed Cup. Criteria for helping was:
Availability to work a minimum of four (4) shifts between Sunday, February 3 and Tuesday, February 12.
Submiting to and passing a Safe Play background check.
Application for a credential once approved to volunteer.