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Monday, 11 February 2019

Queensland open to clay change to host Fed Cup semi


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With Australia winning through to the Fed Cup semi-final, the next question is where will the event be hosted?

On Monday Queensland Tennis announced it will petition Tennis Australia to hold the tie in Brisbane.

Given three of the teams five members are from the Sunshine State - Ash Barty, Kimberly Birrell and Priscilla Hon - it's a no-brainer according to Queensland Tennis CEO, Mark Handley.

"This is there home, this is where they train every day, so they've got more than the home court advantage I would have thought," he said.

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The tie is scheduled on the Easter weekend which leads into Europe's clay court season, but Handley says there's no reason why Pat Rafter Arena can't be transformed to a clay surface once again.

"History will show that we have the capabilities to put in a clay court here if that's what required," Handley said.

"I'm sure all of that stuff will unwind over the next couple of weeks on where it's going to go what surface it's going to play on."

Speaking after Monday morning's win, Barty revealed the team is just looking forward to its next challenge.

"We know we've got another opportunity in April to come out and play another Fed Cup tie and that's the most exciting thing," she said.

Australia will face Belarus for a spot in the final.

With Australia winning through to the Fed Cup semi-final, the next question is where will the event be hosted?

On Monday Queensland Tennis announced it will petition Tennis Australia to hold the tie in Brisbane.

Given three of the teams five members are from the Sunshine State - Ash Barty, Kimberly Birrell and Priscilla Hon - it's a no-brainer according to Queensland Tennis CEO, Mark Handley.

"This is there home, this is where they train every day, so they've got more than the home court advantage I would have thought," he said.

https://twitter.com/TennisAustralia/status/1094806654573457409

The tie is scheduled on the Easter weekend which leads into Europe's clay court season, but Handley says there's no reason why Pat Rafter Arena can't be transformed to a clay surface once again.

"History will show that we have the capabilities to put in a clay court here if that's what required," Handley said.

"I'm sure all of that stuff will unwind over the next couple of weeks on where it's going to go what surface it's going to play on."

Speaking after Monday morning's win, Barty revealed the team is just looking forward to its next challenge.

"We know we've got another opportunity in April to come out and play another Fed Cup tie and that's the most exciting thing," she said.

Australia will face Belarus for a spot in the final.

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