Marina Erakovic appointed to role of Fed Cup captain

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Former top New Zealand singles player Marina Erakovic has been appointed to the role of New Zealand Fed Cup captain.

Erakovic who retired in 2018 replaces Sacha Hughes who stepped down from the role earlier this year.

The 31-year-old is the most successful New Zealand player in recent decades having reached a career high of 39 in the WTA singles rankings.

Erakovic had a stellar Fed Cup playing career for New Zealand winning 26 of her 38 matches.

Tennis New Zealand CEO Julie Paterson is thrilled to have secured someone of Erakovic’s calibre.

“From our perspective it was really important that if possible we were able to find a strong female lead, to take the role of Fed Cup captain.”

“It’s an absolute win for our sport to have someone who has been one of our most successful female tennis players wanting to be supporting and developing the next layer of players coming through.” Paterson said.

Erakovic will start work with the leading New Zealand players after Christmas to assist with preparations for the Fed Cup Asia Oceania Group 2 tournament in Wellington in February.

The tournament will feature Bangladesh, Guam, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Turkmenistan and New Zealand with the winner promoted to Asia Oceania Group 1.

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