Tennis New Zealand Announces Marina Erakovic’s first Fed Cup squad

Thursday, 23 January 2020

The New Zealand Fed Cup tennis team has been named for next month’s Asia Oceania Group 2 tournament in Wellington from the 3rd to 8th of February.

New captain Marina Erakovic has a full-strength squad with the quartet who played in Malaysia last year joined by Wellington’s Kelly Southwood who will make her debut.

The side is led by Kiwi number one Paige Hourigan and Valentina Ivanov who had main draw singles wildcards into Auckland’s ASB Classic.

Emily Fanning and doubles specialist Erin Routliffe complete the squad. Routliffe played doubles at Auckland’s ASB Classic last week.

Erakovic and Fed Cup coach Christophe Lambert will lead the playing group.

“I am very excited about the NZ hosted Fed Cup event in Wellington.” Erakovic said.

“The team has been announced and we have a very diverse group of girls who I am looking forward to supporting on and off the court. It is an honour to represent New Zealand and a rarity to do it at home in tennis.”

Erakovic is confident the New Zealand team will perform in front of their home fans.

“Fed Cup is all about teamwork and giving that little bit extra for your country. Our team cannot wait to display that on the match court. 

There will be eight teams in Wellington across two pools of four. The other competing nations are Guam, Mongolia, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Turkmenistan.

The winners from each pool will play-off to determine which nation is promoted to Asia/Oceania Group 1 in 2021.

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