Anne Keothavong is the envy of her teammates after being invited to work with Paul Costelloe, a famous fashion designer from Dublin, to design Great Britain’s off-court outfits for the upcoming Fed Cup by BNP Paribas ties.
“I was really excited when I heard that we would be working with Paul Costelloe,” said Keothavong. “I felt a lot of pressure as well because it has to be something the other girls would like too! But it’s great to do something completely different, and it’s good to share ideas with someone who has obviously had a great career.
“I’m more of a high street shopper than a designer shopper. But I think most girls just love shopping and wearing nice dresses and nice tops. We all like to make an effort and get out of our sports clothes, and also show people our feminine side.”
The AEGON GB Fed Cup team will travel to Portugal in February to compete in Europe/Africa Zone Group I. In 2009, the side narrowly missed out on promotion following defeat to Poland in the play-offs.
“Based on some of last year’s outfits, I’m quietly confident that we’re all going to look the part,” joked Keothavong. “If you look good you feel good, and that boosts your confidence, on the tennis court too. Obviously the job has got to be done on the tennis court, but after coming so close to promotion last year, we’re definitely up for it.”
The 26-year-old from London, who has been sidelined with a knee injury since July, is determined to be fit for Great Britain’s Fed Cup by BNP Paribas campaign.
“For me personally, Fed Cup is such an important competition,” said Keothavong, who made her debut for Great Britain in 2001. “You have a responsibility there because you’re not playing for yourself, you’re playing for a team, for others.”
Keothavong has enjoyed the best form of her career over the last couple of years, culminating in her reaching No. 48 in the singles world rankings in February. Despite dropping to No. 99 since being injured, she is positive that she will soon be back in action.
“My recovery is going really well,” added Keothavong. “I recently got back from a training camp in South Africa where I was running around, drilling a lot, playing a lot of practice points. I’m no longer reliant on my knee brace, and don’t feel scared or that I have to hold back any more.”