Press release from USTA Public Relations:
WHAT: Youth ages 12-18 are invited to tryout to serve as a ballperson for the
2019 Fed Cup First Round tie between the U.S. and Australia Feb 9-10 at the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville. Prospective ballpersons will work on running, rolling and catching, while also showing their skills during simulated match play.
The USTA will select qualified participants back for a second round of tryouts, on Sunday, January 13. From there, approximately 18-20 kids will be selected to work the matches.
The USTA is also seeking adult volunteers to work a variety of operations and transportation positions during the week of the event.
Those interested in trying out to be a ballperson or a volunteer can sign up by visiting usta.com/fedcup.
Ballperson Tryouts – First Round: Sunday, January 6 – 6-9 p.m.
Omni Grove Park Inn Indoor Tennis Center
290 Macon Avenue
The U.S. Fed Cup Team is returning to Asheville for the second consecutive year and will take on Australia in the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas First Round February 9-10 with a best-of-five match series played inside Asheville’s U.S. Cellular Center. Fed Cup is the world’s largest annual international team competition in women’s sport, with approximately 100 nations taking part each year.
The U.S. Cellular Center hosted the U.S.’s First Round tie vs. the Netherlands this February in what amounted to a weeklong celebration of tennis in the region. The tie generated an estimated $3.5 million economic impact for the area, and sellout crowds saw the U.S. defeat the Netherlands en route to its second straight Fed Cup Final.
Tickets are available and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com. Two-day ticket packages for both Saturday and Sunday – the best initial ticket value – will be sold at prices ranging from $50 to $250, or $25 to $125 per day. Single-day tickets for Saturday or Sunday will be sold with prices ranging from $30 to $135 per day. Visit usta.com/fedcup for more information.
The U.S. is 9-5 all-time vs. the Aussies, and won their last meeting, 4-0, in the 2016 World Group Playoff. Prior to that, the two countries hadn’t met in Fed Cup since 1985.
The USTA has partnered with Explore Asheville, Ingles Markets, Mercedes Benz of Asheville, the Omni Grove Park Inn and New Belgium Brewing Company to bring this event to Asheville.
Pat Mitsch, USTA Corporate Communications
914-697-2291 (office), 914-656-9021 (cell), email@example.com