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Surprise! USTA Chooses Arizona Site For Fed Cup

December 10, 2008 01:31 PM

Federation Cup

Argentina vs. United States
Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex - Surprise, Ariz.
Feb. 7-8, 2009

For tickets call (623) 222-2000

Former player and new coach Mary Joe Fernandez will be at the helm of the 2009 Fed Cup team, which opens against Argentina in Surprise in February.

The USTA announced that Surprise, Ariz., has been selected as the site for the 2009 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas quarterfinal between the United States and Argentina, February 7-8, 2009.

The matches will be played at the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex, which will be hosting a Fed Cup event for the first time. The complex received the 2008 USTA Outstanding Facility Award, and currently hosts an annual USTA Pro Circuit women’s event.

The event is being organized, staged and promoted by the USTA, which will construct a temporary stadium at the complex for the two-day, best-of-five match quarterfinal. Tickets will go on sale to the general public in mid-December.

“We are thrilled to choose a community that loves tennis and Surprise will undoubtedly offer tremendous support to our U.S. Fed Cup team,” said Mary Joe Fernandez, who will make her debut as the U.S. Fed Cup captain. “We are eager to start the 2009 Fed Cup campaign in front of an enthusiastic and patriotic crowd.”

The U.S. and Argentina have met three times in Fed Cup competition, all in quarterfinal matchups dating back to 1964. The U.S. leads the overall series 2-1 with Argentina winning the last meeting in the 1993 quarterfinals in Frankfurt, Germany. The U.S. is 33-3 in home Fed Cup ties.

Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is the world’s largest annual international women’s team competition with 82 countries competing this year. The United States leads all nations with 17 Fed Cup titles, the last coming in 2000, and is one of eight nations competing for the 2009 Fed Cup title as part of the Fed Cup World Group.

The Tennis Channel will present live daily coverage of the U.S. vs. Argentina Fed Cup quarterfinal.

Rosters for each team will be announced 10 days before the match starts. For ticket information, call the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex at (623) 222-2000.