November 7th, 2018

U.S. to Host Australia in Asheville, N.C., to Start 2019

General News Pro Tennis

The U.S. Fed Cup team in February

This week the U.S. Fed Cup team travels to Prague to take on the Czech Republic in the 2018 Fed Cup final on Nov. 10-11. If the U.S. wins, it will be on track to match a feat that hasn’t been seen since the height of U.S. tennis in the 1980s.

A U.S. victory in Prague would leave the U.S. hunting for a third straight title in 2019. The U.S. Fed Cup team hasn’t won three titles in a row since the reign of Chris Evert.

Evert-lead teams won three years straight from 1980-83 behind singles players Evert and Tracy Austin (1980), Evert and Andrea Jaeger (1981), and Evert and Martina Navratilova (1982).

The U.S. team’s 2019 campaign will begin in Asheville, N.C., at the U.S. Cellular Center when they host Australia in the first round on Feb. 9-10.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Nov. 2. Two-day ticket packages for both Saturday and Sunday will be sold at prices ranging from $50-$250, or $25-$125 per day. Single-day tickets for Saturday or Sunday will be sold with prices ranging from $30 to $135 per day. USTA members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets in advance through an exclusive pre-sale beginning Oct. 30 and running through Nov. 1, or while supplies last.

Asheville hosted this year’s first-round tie against the Netherlands this February, generating an estimated $3.5 million economic impact for the area, and sellout crowds saw the U.S. defeat the Netherlands to begin its 2018 Fed Cup title defense.

“We couldn’t be happier to be bringing Fed Cup back to Asheville,” said USTA Chairman of the Board and President Katrina Adams. “Everything about the first round tie vs. the Netherlands earlier this year was incredible, from our local business partners to the staff at the U.S. Cellular Center to the local volunteers and the enthusiastic community that cheered us on to victory. Asheville made for a perfect Fed Cup host, and we look forward to coming back.”

The 2018 Fed Cup final will be televised live on Tennis Channel beginning at 8 a.m. ET on Saturday and 6 a.m. ET on Sunday, Nov. 10-11.

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