2018 Fed Cup

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2018 Fed Cup

The 2018 Fed Cup by BNP Parnibas brings the USA vs Netherlands World Group First Round to the ExploreAsheville.com Arena on February 10-11, 2018. Event begins at 12:30pm both days. Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is the world’s largest annual international team competition in women’s sport with hundreds of players competing each year. Tickets go on sale on Friday, November 17th and will be available through the USCC Box Office, online at Ticketmaster.com, and by phone at 888-334-USTA (8782).

The best-of-five match series will be played at the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, N.C., Feb. 10-11, on an indoor hard court. This is the first time that Asheville is hosting Fed Cup. The U.S. team comes to the city after winning its record 18th Fed Cup title in November against Belarus, 3-2, in Minsk. This was the U.S.’s first Fed Cup title since 2000.

Play begins on both Saturday, Feb. 10, and Sunday, Feb. 11, at 12:30 p.m. ET. On Saturday, two singles matches will take place. On Sunday, play will continue with two reverse singles matches and the doubles match. A revised schedule for Sunday may take place if a team clinches in the third or fourth match. Tennis Channel will present live daily coverage.

Former world No. 1 and 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, fellow former world No. 1 and seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams, 2017 US Open and Australian Open semifinalist and world No. 9 CoCo Vandeweghe, and world No. 64 Lauren Davis will represent the U.S. in the 2018 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group First Round against the Netherlands.

Community events taking place during Fed Cup Week include:

Wednesday, Feb. 7 – Net Generation Kids’ Day and U.S. Captain Kathy Rinaldi Appearance
8:30-11 a.m., U.S. Cellular Center Exhibition Hall

The USTA and USTA North Carolina will be hosting some 300 kids from Buncombe County elementary schools for special Net Generation clinics. Net Generation is the USTA’s new unified youth initiative to inspire the next generation of tennis players. Team USA Captain Kathy Rinaldi will join the clinic at 10:30 a.m. and Ingles will provide all participants with healthy snacks. The participating students won an essay contest to take part in the clinic.

Friday, Feb. 9 – Fed Cup Official Draw Ceremony, OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
12 p.m., U.S. Cellular Center Stadium Court

Members of the U.S. and Netherlands Fed Cup teams, as well as special guests, will take part in the 2018 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Official Draw Ceremony to determine the player matchups for the weekend’s competition. This event, held on stadium court at the U.S. Cellular Center, will be open to the public and include the opportunity for fans to take photos with the Fed Cup trophy, an appearance by Fed Cup mascot Ace, and the opportunity for the community to watch the draw take place and see their favorite players. Doors will open at11:45 a.m.

Friday, Feb. 9-Sunday, Feb. 11 – USTA Player Development Camp & Kids’ Clinic Appearances
Omni Grove Park Tennis Courts

USTA Player Development will be hosting a camp throughout the weekend with rising young American players, who will train with each other and cheer on Team USA at the matches. They will also take part in clinics with local kids. Players include Cori “Coco” Gauff, 13, the 2017 junior US Open singles finalist; Whitney Osuigwe, 15, the No. 1-ranked junior in the world and 2017 junior French Open girls’ singles champion; and Top 100 player Jennifer Brady, 22, who reached the fourth round of both the 2017 US Open and Australian Open and was a Fed Cup practice partner for the 2017 final in Belarus.

Saturday, Feb. 10, and Sunday, Feb. 11 – NJTL Net Generation Clinics
9 a.m.-12 p.m., U.S. Cellular Center Exhibition Hall

On Saturday and Sunday, the USTA and USTA North Carolina will be hosting some 75 kids from local National Junior Tennis and Learning network (NJTL) organizations. NJTL is made up of more than 350 tennis and education chapters nationwide that are supported by the USTA Foundation through grants, scholarships, and technical assistance. These chapters reach more than 225,000 under-resourced youth on an annual basis. Following the clinics, participants will then attend the matches. Ingles will provide all participants with lunch.

Saturday, Feb. 10, and Sunday, Feb. 11 – Green Ball, Middle School, and High School Net Generation Clinics 9 a.m.-11 a.m.

At locations off-site, USTA North Carolina will be hosting 50 middle school and high school players for Net Generation tennis clinics. It will also be hosting a Green Ball camp for youth players age 10 and under, which is the highest level of play within the age group. Players were selected from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee and will be led by four female coaches from their respective states. The players will participate in both a training camp and finish with a fun team competition at the conclusion of the weekend. Following the clinics, participants will then travel to the U.S. Cellular Center to attend the matches.

In addition, local kids involved in the clinics will have a special role in the matches as part of the Net Generation initiative. Prior to the matches, kids will play on stadium court as part of a Net Generation demonstration. Local kids will also escort the players during the Opening Ceremony on Saturday and participate in the coin toss for each match with the chair umpire and competing players.

Other community events taking place around Asheville during Fed Cup Week include adult clinics and a Pride Day Brunch. In addition, prior to Sunday’s play, a wheelchair tennis exhibition will be held on-court at the U.S. Cellular Center featuring North Carolina native Conner Stroud.

Besides the community involvement, the Asheville economy will also benefit from this sold-out event, as Fed Cup is currently expected to generate more than $3.5 million in economic impact for the city. Seven local businesses will be serving as sponsors for this tie, including Ingles, Skyland Automotive, Omni Grove Park, Charter Spectrum, New Belgium Brewing, Citizen, and ExploreAsheville.com.