For the first time in almost 50 years, the Fed Cup Final will return to Western Australia when Australia take on France from 9-10th November 2019.
The final will be played on hardcourt at Perth’s RAC Arena and provides a platform for elite women’s tennis to continue after the Hopman cup was replaced by the men’s ATP Cup this year.
Perth was chosen to host the final of the Fed Cup competition ahead of bids from rivals Melbourne and Brisbane.
“I’m so excited we have the chance to play the Fed Cup Final here in Perth, and showcase the very best of women’s tennis right here in my hometown,” Australian Fed Cup captain, Alicia Molik said.
“It’s particularly exciting to be making this announcement just a little over a week since Ash Barty won the French Open.
“Although her win took a lot of people by surprise, we’ve known for some time what an exceptional player, and person, she is, and that it was only a matter of time before she broke through to win a major.
“Ash has been an inspirational leader in our Fed Cup team over the past few years and we are fortunate to have an incredible group of role models in Australia who love representing their country.
“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.
Fed Cup is the world’s largest international team competition for women, with 108 nations competing in 2019.
It’s now down to the final two teams, Australia and France.
“I’m delighted we are able to stage the Fed Cup Final in Perth, in what will be a spectacular showcase of women’s tennis,“ Tennis Australia CEO, Craig Tiley said.
“Perth and WA have so many passionate tennis fans and this is a wonderful opportunity for them to see the world’s best in action, including our latest Grand Slam champion, the inspirational Ash Barty.
“We want to make sure the event is accessible to everyone, with free tickets for kids under 14 and $20 two day adult passes making that possible.
The Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Final between Australia and France is supported by the WA State Government through Tourism WA.