Sydney - Perth
was on Monday named as host city for the Fed Cup final between Australia
and France later this year - the first to be held Down Under for four
The women's team showdown on November 9-10 will be played on
hardcourts at the west coast city's RAC Arena, Tennis Australia
Recently crowned French Open champion Ashleigh Barty is expected to
lead seven-time champions Australia in their first home Fed Cup final
since 1978. They last won the title in 1974.
"It's particularly exciting to be making this announcement just a
little over a week since Ash Barty won the French Open," Australian Fed
Cup captain Alicia Molik said in a statement.
"Women's tennis is in an extremely powerful position in Australia at
the minute and I'm so proud of every team member who has been a part of
this two-year journey to reach the final."
Australia reached their first final in 26 years by seeing off Belarus
in April, while France edged past Romania in the other semi-final.