SAN ANTONIO TO HOST
FED CUP PLAYOFF
Ashley Marshall | February 26, 2019
The U.S. Fed Cup team will make history by coming to Texas for the first time in April, when it puts its undefeated streak against Switzerland on the line.
Team USA will host the Swiss inside San Antonio’s Freeman Coliseum in a World Group playoff competition on April 20-21, with the winner retaining its place in the World Group for 2020.
By playing in San Antonio, the U.S. Fed Cup team will have played home matches in 30 different venues across 17 different states.
"Texas has such a rich history with the sport of tennis, and we’re very excited to bring Fed Cup to San Antonio for the first time,” said USTA Chairman of the Board and President Patrick Galbraith. “This competition not only gives us a chance to bring world-class tennis to San Antonio but to also engage with the community and our local partners to use this platform to grow the game in the area.”ADVERTISEMENT
Team USA owns a career 8-0 record against Switzerland. Seven of those wins took place at neutral sites, with the lone home win coming in the 1976 quarterfinal at Philadelphia’s Spectrum Stadium. The two countries last met in the 1993 World Group first round at the Waldstadion Tennis Club in Frankfurt, Germany.
Only nations in the World Group can compete for the Fed Cup title each year. The losing nation of April’s tie will play in World Group II in 2020.
While Fed Cup has never before come to Texas, the state has a notable history with Davis Cup, its male equivalent. Most recently, nearly 50,000 fans came out over three days to cheer the U.S. Davis Cup team against Spain in the 2011 quarterfinals, held at the University of Texas in Austin. Houston, Dallas and Fort Worth have all hosted Davis Cup ties in the past, with the U.S. winning the Davis Cup title in 1992 at Fort Worth’s Tarrant County Center.
“We’re thrilled San Antonio has been chosen to host the first Fed Cup competition in Texas,” said President and CEO of San Antonio Sports Russ Bookbinder. “We’re confident in our team’s ability to stage premier events and feel San Antonio’s well-earned reputation for hospitality will make this a first-rate experience for the players, USTA and fans alike.”
USTA officials were joined by representatives of San Antonio Sports, County Judge Nelson Wolff, chair of the local organizing committee Pat Frost and president of the San Antonio Tennis Association Cari Breakie Richardson at Tuesday’s announcement at Freeman Coliseum.
The SABÉR Research Institute out of San Antonio’s St. Mary’s University estimates that the economic impact of Fed Cup on the region will be $3.6 million, similar to the $3.5 million estimated impact that the World Group first-round tie between the U.S. and Australia had in the Asheville, N.C., area earlier this month. Local organizers engaged more than 1,000 children from the area with tennis programming in what amounted to a weeklong celebration of the sport.
Matches will be played at Freeman Coliseum on a temporary indoor hard court, with an amended schedule possible for Sunday should one nation clinch victory in the third or fourth singles match. The players representing both teams will be named no later than 10 days before the start of the competition.
The 18-time Fed Cup champions have historically performed well at home, owning a 41-7 record in home ties as part of a 151-38 overall record in Fed Cup competition.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public on March 1 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.
USTA members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets in advance through an exclusive presale from Feb. 26-28, or while supplies last.