Australia v France.
For a French team led by Julien Benneteau this will be their 6th appearance in the final of the competition. For Australia this will be final appearance number 18 but the last time they made an appearance in the final was 26 years ago in 1993 and France at that point had never been to the final.
26 year wait for the final but it’s been 45 years since they won it where as France last did it in 2003.
The French team 16 years ago was led by Amelie Mauresmo and Mary Pierce as they beat the USA but for Australia it was Goolalong, Evert and Young who won it for them.
Ash Barty has been the top player for Australia and has been an vital part of bringing home the final for her country.
Now the question is, where do you play?
Australia is home to some great tennis arenas. Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne all will stake a claim but for me there can only be one winner and it’s the one I visited in January, Melbourne Park.
Where else better than Rod Laver Arena? You can use Margaret Court and Melbourne Arena for practicing too…
There is currently work going on at Melbourne Park ready for the 2020 Australian Open especially around the outside courts near to RLA but this will not have any impact on hosting the event.
I’ve been doing a bit of googling and RLA does have some events it is hosting this year;
Michael McIntyre, Hugh Jackman, Katy Perry, Shawn Mendes & Elton John just to name a few..
Now, Fed Cup is 9th and 10th of November and from the 2nd to the 20th of November Rod Laver Arena currently has no running events…
We will have to wait and see…