SYDNEY – Perth was Monday named as host city for the Fed Cup final between Australia and France later this year — the first to be held in Australia in four decades.
The women’s team showdown on Nov. 9-10 will be played on hardcourts at the west coast city’s RAC Arena, Tennis Australia announced.
Recently crowned French Open champion Ashleigh Barty is expected to lead seven-time champions Australia in its first home Fed Cup final since 1978. It last won the title in 1974.
“It’s particularly exciting to be making this announcement just a little over a week since Ash Barty won the French Open,” Australian Fed Cup captain Alicia Molik said in a statement.
“Women’s tennis is in an extremely powerful position in Australia at the minute and I’m so proud of every team member who has been a part of this two-year journey to reach the final.”
Australia reached its first final in 26 years by seeing off Belarus in April, while France edged past Romania in the other semifinal.
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