Fed Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group I at Team Bath Tennis
Some of the world’s leading tennis players will be in action at the University of Bath in February 2019 as the Sports Training Village hosts the Europe/Africa Zone Group I stage of the 2019 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas.
It is the first time that the international women’s team competition is being staged in the UK since 1993 and eight nations, including Great Britain, will be battling it out for promotion to the World Group II stages.
Joining the host nation at the Sports Training Village from February 6-9 2019 will be Croatia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey.
Matches will be played on the indoor courts, which will be transformed into an atmospheric spectator arena with the addition of stands and fan zones. The show court will have 1,800 seats and a second court will accommodate 300 spectators. The action will be broadcast around the world by BBC and BT Sport.
Prices per session will start from £8 for adults and £5 for U18s/students with a valid NUS card.
Transport will be provided to and from the Sports Training Village from ‘park and ride’ facilities in the city of Bath. Accommodation will also be available in Polden Court on campus for just £40 per night – more details to follow.
Back The Brits
Great Britain captain Anne Keothavong has named three of the world’s top 100 players in her Fed Cup team – Johanna Konta, Heather Watson and Katie Boulter. They will be joined by debutant Harriet Dart and Bristol’s Katie Swan, both of whom have played junior competitions at Team Bath Tennis.
The draw for the Fed Cup group stage was made on January 14th – click here to see who will be lining up in what group.
Tennis for all
From touring professionals playing at Grand Slams through to enthusiastic amateurs wanting to keep fit and have fun, Team Bath’s all-encompassing tennis programme has something for everyone.
Team Bath Tennis is one of just four LTA International High Performance Centres in the UK – recognised as having exceptional tennis facilities available to performance athletes (junior and senior), of the public and students.
The eight indoor courts and ten outdoor courts – four hard, four artificial clay and two American clay – at the Sports Training Village, plus other facilities at associated hub clubs, are used by more than 1,500 people of all ages and abilities every week.
Parking and STV access during the Fed Cup
Every effort will be made to subsume this additional activity into the normal daily life of the Sports Training Village although access to some areas (the corridor to changing rooms 1-8 and the tennis balcony) will be restricted throughout for security purposes.
Inevitably, there will be pressure on car parks, especially for the daytime sessions. Car Park G will be partially or fully closed from 1-9th February. To alleviate the pressure, every tennis spectator will have received a communication indicating that there is no car parking on site and the University has worked with First Bus to run additional and dedicated bus facilities. These will run from the station and from Lansdown Park & Ride direct to the University on competition days.
Toilets will not be available on the upper floor of the the STV to general customers during the event and changing rooms will be much busier than usual from Monday 4th to Saturday 9th February inclusive. Some customers may wish to come changed in advance for their own sports activities and, where this option is possible – i.e. for students living on campus – to make the choice to shower and change off-site afterwards.
British Tennis is operating an additional catering outlet within the STV for tennis spectators on competition days.