(January 4, 2016) The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) has submitted the Aegon GB Fed Cup team nominations to the International Tennis Federation (ITF) for the upcoming 2016 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Group I Euro-Africa Zone.
The players are British No. 1 Johanna Konta, No. 2 Heather Watson and GB’s top doubles team of Joss Rae and Anna Smith. Additionally Katie Swan and Laura Robson complete the squad line-up. The final team of four members can be named by Tuesday, February 2.
Fed Cup Captain Judy Murray commented: “We are taking a squad of six to the Fed Cup in Eilat and a team of four will be selected just before the event starts. This allows the whole squad to get match sharp during January and an opportunity to make the final four. Our goal, as ever, is to get out of the Euro Africa zone which is always notoriously difficult and qualify for April’s World Group II Play-Offs.”
The 14-nation competition will be held on outdoor hard courts at the Municipal Tennis Centre. The draw will be done on January 8th where two pools of (3) nations and two pools of (4) nations will be selected to battle it out Wednesday through Friday February 3-5, 2016. On Saturday February 6, the winners from Pool A will play off against the winners from Pool C, while the country that tops Pool B will play those from Pool D. The top two nations will advance to the World Group II play-offs in April which are held on a home or away basis.