THE ARENA AT ELLIS PARK TO STAGE CRUCIAL DAVIS CUP TIE
- City of Johannesburg continues support for tennis
Johannesburg – Top-flight tennis will be returning to one of the homes of the sport when the Arena at Ellis Park will host the all-important Davis Cup tie between South Africa and India from 18 to 20 September 2009.
The Arena has played host to numerous SA Open tournaments, the ATP Tour World Doubles Championships and previous Davis Cup ties.
This is one of the most important ties in recent years as a victory by South Africa will put them in the World Group of the Davis Cup. The last time the country participated in the top echelon of the competition was in 1998.
“The Arena has for many years been one of the leading tennis venues in the country,’’ said South African Tennis Association (SATA) chief executive Ian Smith. “The refurbishment that has been made to the area as a result of the 2010 FIFA World Cup makes the Arena a viable proposition once again. We are delighted that once again the City of Johannesburg has come out to support our sport.
“The venue is ideal as the players have also indicated they wish to play this tie at altitude, which gives them an advantage in this very significant playoff,” adds Ian Smith
Ironically in 1994 South Africa defeated India in Jaipur to earn their place in the World Group and no doubt captain John-Laffnie de Jager and his men will be hoping to do so again.