Davis Cup International Tennis Comes to Hawera
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Round 2 of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Asia/Oceania Group II TIE between New Zealand and Pakistan will be held at the TSB Hub in Hawera from 9-11 July 2010.
Tennis New Zealand CEO Steve Walker says “We are pleased to bring the Davis Cup Tie to this new venue in Taranaki, which is a region of New Zealand with a superb reputation for sport, events and community spirit.
“Tennis New Zealand takes pride in bringing top-quality tennis to all the regions in New Zealand. The Davis Cup Tie New Zealand vs Pakistan should be a close and exciting match, with the winning team progressing to the play-offs to move up a level in this, the biggest annual international sporting competition.
“The Davis Cup has a tradition of engendering passion and patriotism, so we hope the communities of South Taranaki, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Wanganui and beyond will support the Kiwi players in this first-ever international sporting fixture at this new venue in Hawera.”
This will be the first time an international event has been held at the newly built TSB Hub. Says South Taranaki district Mayor, Ross Dunlop, “this is fantastic for South Taranaki. Having a modern, new sports and events centre which attracts national and international events, together with our unique rural hospitality makes for an excellent partnership.
“We greatly appreciate the opportunity that Sport Taranaki has provided to our district through this partnership and we feel confident that we can deliver,” he says.
“The Davis Cup at the TSBHub will provide benefits not only for tennis in our region but also our local economy. It reinforces the potential of the TSBHub and the value it is bringing to our district and region.“ says Ross.
The Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is brought to Taranaki by a joint partnership between Sport Taranaki, Taranaki Tennis Association and the South Taranaki District Council. The Davis Cup was first held in Taranaki in September 2008 when the Asia Oceania Group II final was played between New Zealand and China.
In Round I of the Asia Oceania Group II 2010 tie New Zealand beat Sri Lanka 3-2 and Pakistan beat Hong Kong China 3-1.