The FED CUP comes to east London this weekend in what is built as one of the most exciting tournaments in tennis ahead of the summer.
The Fed Cup starts on Saturday, April 20 at 1:30pm and the following day at 12 noon. Two singles matches take place on the first day, with the reverse singles and doubles matches on Easter Sunday.
It will be the first ever Fed Cup or Davis Cup tie held in East London and the LTA are running a number of tennis activities across the week in local schools and venues as part of the historic tie. Up to 10,000 children are expected to take part.
Oliver Scadgell, Participation Director at the LTA comments:
”Bringing the Fed Cup to East London isn’t just about giving people a chance to watch world-class international tennis. As part of our work to open up tennis to anyone we have worked in partnership with the four local boroughs, London Legacy Development Corporation and tennis venues across East London to provide opportunities for nearly 10,000 local children to take part in tennis both before and after the tie. We want this event to leave a lasting impact, and so are also providing a range of opportunities for the local community to get involved in tennis after the event.”
Families across Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest who are inspired to try tennis are being given the chance to play for free next month at one of 14 free, fun open weekends being staged at tennis venues as part of the LTA’s Nature Valley Big Tennis Weekends.
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As an additional bonus for tennis fans, all matches will be streamed live on the LTA’s Facebook page: As part of the LTA’s strategy to make tennis more accessible, ticket prices start from £6 for children under 16 and £12 for adults.
To purchase tickets or to access more information about the Fed Cup team, head to the LTA website ahead of the weekends action, the teams including girls from West Ham Football club took time out from their respective training to take part in a friendly, open game of tennis football, against the backdrop of East London’s Queen Elizabeth Park, alongside members of West Ham United Foundation’s Youth Forum who had the chance to meet and chat with the players.
GB is currently ranked No.15 amongst all 104 nations on the latest ITF Fed Cup rankings, with Kazakhstan four places lower at No.19.
keep track of the girls training ahead of the weekend at @lta on Instagram and @the_lta on Twitter. GiveMeSport Women's Puja Mazumder will be there all weekend to bring you all the updates across the GiveMeSport W social channels.