To the wire! France win the Fed Cup in Perth!

On Saturday it was a quick 2 hour and 8 minute journey to the bakery in Perth but on Sunday we went to the wire with an incredible 5 hours and 20 minutes of tennis. It ended in heartbreak for the hosts Australia as France battled to their first Fed Cup victory since 2003 with Australia’s 45 year wait going on… Ash Barty 6-2 4-6 7-6 Kristina Mladenovic Kiki Mladenovic had a very big day in Perth leading her side to glory in Fed Cup. Both of these players have had success recently at the WTA Finals picking up the … Continue reading To the wire! France win the Fed Cup in Perth!

Breadsticks & Bagels! The Fed Cup Final Bakery in Perth is up and running after Day 1

The Bakery is open in Perth! The first day of the Fed Cup Final between Australia and France has been left with all to play for on Sunday as the respective top seeds (Barty and Mladenovic) handed out thrashings. Two matches were over and done with in 2 hours and 8 minutes of the finale and up first for the hosts was debutant Alja Tomljanovic. There is a bit of controversy about this as Ajla has represented Croatia before back in 2011 and still got her appeal overturned by the ITF. This is a similar case to that of Bedene … Continue reading Breadsticks & Bagels! The Fed Cup Final Bakery in Perth is up and running after Day 1

All the questions and answers following ITF’s announcement of Fed Cup reform

The re-form plans for the Fed Cup are out and go live next year. It is no secret that the tournament needed something different but is the plan put forward the best one? The prize money is now there. This will be a big beneficiary to smaller nations and the prize pot for the finale is also bigger. The 20 teams that will compete in the finale week held yes in April ( I will come onto that ) will share £14.2 million. £9.5 million to the players and the other £4.75 million to the associations. So where is it … Continue reading All the questions and answers following ITF’s announcement of Fed Cup reform

Why the ITF must wait before thinking about Fed Cup revamp!

This November the Caja Magica in Madrid will host the Davis Cup final in it’s new format. Between 18th-24th November the 18 teams will battle it out for the title. Baring of course the participation of Spain this will be a neutral ground and the question is will this format work, bring the crowds and create the same atmosphere. We can confirm that hard courts will be put down at the Caja Magica site and the roof will be shut throughout the tournament where it is usually outdoor clay in May but in November will be indoor hard. The format … Continue reading Why the ITF must wait before thinking about Fed Cup revamp!

Halep sets sights on Madrid following exhausting weekend in Roeun.

I’m not that surprised but Simona Halep has withdrawn from Stuttgart. The Romanian number one and world number two spent 7 hours on court in just over 24 hours in Fed Cup experiencing all emotions as Romanian narrowly missed out on a place in what would have been their first Fed Cup Final. Halep has said; “If I’m not 100%, I don’t want to step on the court,” “I’m also exhausted mentally because I gave my everything in that tie but unfortunately we couldn’t win. “That’s why I decided to pull out, because I have to think about my health … Continue reading Halep sets sights on Madrid following exhausting weekend in Roeun.

Surely there is only one location for the Fed Cup final?

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 … Continue reading Surely there is only one location for the Fed Cup final?

Heartache for Romania but their time will come!

Fed Cup messes with the the emotions. Romanian team of Begu, Buzarnescu, Niculescu and of course Simona Halep left it all out there but it wasn’t enough to send them to their first Fed Cup Final in Australia. Simona Halep epitomised her character and her teams ethic in Rouen as she spent an incredible 7 hours and 19 minutes on court giving everything she had to try and push her country to the final. It was a valiant effort and it is what Fed Cup is all about, going through all the emotions and fighting to the final ball. The … Continue reading Heartache for Romania but their time will come!