South Taranaki to host Davis Cup Tie
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Tennis New Zealand along with Sport Taranaki and South Taranaki District Council are pleased to confirm the TSB Hub in Hawera as the venue for the July Davis Cup Tie.
The TSB Hub successful hosted the tie in July last year against Pakistan.
The second round Asia/Oceania Group I tie takes place from Friday 8th July - Sunday 10th July against the Philippines.
Tennis NZ CEO Steve Johns is pleased to have the Tie back in Taranaki where Davis Cup is so well supported. "We are looking forward to going back to Hawera for this important tie against the Philippines and know that the Taranaki crowd will come and once again give great support to the NZ Team” Johns said.
New Zealand Davis Cup Captain Marcel Vos is also pleased with the decision, "The team have great memories from our last tie in Hawera coming back from 2-1 down on the last Sunday to beat Pakistan which set us up for promotion to Group 1. We enjoyed our stay, the facility was great and the crowd and community really got behind us in that exciting tie. As we are now in Group I, it is very important in Davis Cup to fully utilize our home court advantage and we hope the crowd in Hawera will ones again get behind us and be even bigger and more vocal than last time," says Vos.
CEO of the Taranaki Regional Sport Trust,Howie Tamati, said Sport Taranaki was excited by the opportunity to promote the event in Hawera , Taranaki.
“Last year’s event was tremendous. The Tennis played by the NZ team was some of the best tennis we had seen live . The two countries provided the crowd at the Hub with great value for money . The facilities were ideal and the professionalism of the organisers and staff ensured a first class fixture befitting what we here in Taranaki see as a premier event on the NZ Tennis calendar. A Davis Cup tie.”
“We at Sport Taranaki see the added value of an event such as this from the perspective of the young tennis players who attend as ball boys and girls and the young spectators . They watch the best players in New Zealand battle it out for their country against other international teams .Inspirational roles models for our young people aspiring to reach the top in their chosen sport,” says Tamati .
South Taranaki District Mayor Ross Dunlop was absolutely thrilled to hear that the Davis Cup Tie was returning to Hawera. “This is a real coup for South Taranaki and speaks volumes about the standard of the TSB Hub facility and the support our team got from the crowd. It shows not only can we host major sporting events here in South Taranaki but we can also get them back too!”
The New Zealand team will be announced in June.
Media release issued by Tennis NZ