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Davis Cup tennis returning to Sydney

Davis Cup tennis returning to Sydney
August 10, 2016

Sydney will host Davis Cup tennis next month for the first time in five years.

The Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Play-off tie between Australia and Slovakia will be played on a purpose-built grass court at Ken Rosewall Arena, Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre from 16th to 18th September 2016.

The two nations will battle it out for the first time in Davis Cup history when they play for a spot in the 2017 World Group.

The announcement is a major boost for world class tennis in NSW, which has hosted the world’s best players for two straight years in FAST4 Tennis and is home to one of the world’s oldest tournaments, the Apia International Sydney.

However, the announcement is a disappointment for Tennis ACT which had hope the tie would be played at is new Canberra Tennis Centre.

Ken Rosewall Arena is named after one of the greats of Australian tennis. The now 81-year-old won 18 major titles, including a career doubles Grand Slam and holds a 19-3 win-loss record in Davis Cup. He was a member of Davis Cup title-winning teams in 1953, 1955, 1956 and 1973.

Australian Davis Cup Captain Lleyton Hewitt said the team was looking forward to playing in front of a patriotic Sydney crowd in September.

Hewitt stated “to play a home tie in Sydney on grass at Ken Rosewall Arena is a great opportunity for us.”

Hunters Hill Lawn Tennis Club has been chosen as the official practice venue for the tie. 

Tennis NSW Chief Executive Alistair MacDonald was today excited to welcome Davis Cup tennis back to Sydney.

MacDonald added “we’re thrilled New South Wales will be able to host Australia and Slovakia for what will be an important Davis Cup tie.

“Sydney is already host to the Apia International Sydney and FAST4 Tennis and we are delighted to give local fans the opportunity to see high quality action ahead of another great summer of tennis.”

Davis Cup was last played in Sydney in September 2011 between Australia and Switzerland.

Image: The Ken Rosewall Arena host the Apia International Sydney in 2014.

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