Coming to the US Fed Cup? Things to do in Asheville
Things to do in Asheville During the US Fed Cup
Did you know that the US women’s tennis team will play the Netherlands during the start of the 2018 Fed Cup right here in Asheville?
The best-of-five match series will be played at the U.S. Cellular Center on Feb. 10-11, on an indoor hard tennis court. This is the first time that Asheville is hosting Fed Cup.
Now if you are coming to town to the Fed Cup, eventually you will have a break between in the matches.
There’s no better time to walk one block over to the Grove Arcade and come inside out of the wind and the cold to browse one of the best selections of Western North Carolina artwork at MOUNTAIN MADE.
What is the Fed Cup?
“The Fed Cup calls itself the “The World Cup of Tennis.” Formerly known as The Federation Cup, it is the largest annual women’s international team sports competition, similar to the Davis Cup for men’s tennis.”
“The United States Fed Cup team is the most successful national team in the Fed Cup competition. The US team has won 18 titles and finished second a further 11 times, out of 54 years of participation.”
Of course this year is really special not only because this is the first time the event has been held here in Asheville but because it will mark the start of Serena Williams return to professional tennis.
“Serena Williams is set to play her first competitive match since she took about a yearlong break from the sport to accommodate giving birth to her daughter in September and marrying Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in November.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion joins seven-time major winner Venus Williams and 2017 Fed Cup champions CoCo Vandeweghe and Lauren Davis on the squad that will face the Netherlands right here in Asheville, N.C., Feb. 10-11.
“U.S. Fed Cup Captain Kathy Rinaldi, who led the team for the first time in 2017 and became the first captain since Marty Riessen in 1986 to win the Fed Cup title in their debut, nominated the Williams sisters and world No. 9 Vandeweghe on Jan. 24, before adding Davis a week later.”