The USTA has announced that Birmingham, Alabama will host the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group semifinal between USA and Russia. The tie will be staged at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex Arena on 24-25 April.
USA booked its place in the last four with a 4-1 victory over France in the first round in Lievin. Melanie Oudin and Bethanie Mattek-Sands won the opening three singles rubbers to give the Americans an unassailable lead.
“We are very excited to have earned this home tie and are thrilled to choose a community that is rampant in its love for tennis,” said Mary Joe Fernandez, USA’s Fed Cup captain.
“The city of Birmingham offered the U.S. Davis Cup team tremendous support last year, and we look forward to playing in front of the same enthusiastic and patriotic crowd as we try to reach our second consecutive Fed Cup Final.”
In 2009, Fernandez led the American team to the Final in her first year as captain. Having defeated Argentina and Czech Republic, USA eventually lost to a strong Italian side that claimed its second title.
“After the amazing success of last year's Davis Cup tie, we are excited to once again play host to a prestigious international tennis event,” said William Bell, Mayor of Birmingham.
“This continues to legitimise our City's reputation as one of the premier hosts of world-class sporting events. The estimated direct economic impact to the City via tax revenue is $4 million with an estimated overall impact of up to $15 million in sales, lodging and use taxes.
“We look forward to rolling out the red carpet for tennis enthusiasts around the country and giving them a taste of what Birmingham has to offer.”
USA and Russia have met on seven previous occasions, with the Americans currently holding a 4-3 head-to-head advantage. The Russians, however, have won the last three fixtures.
USA is the most successful Fed Cup nation having been crowned champion 17 times, although its last victory was back in 2000. Russia, on the other hand, has been more prolific in recent times, winning the title four times since 2004.
Tickets will go on sale during the week beginning Monday 8 March and can be purchased over the phone or online.
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