Tennis Ireland announces 2010 BNP Paribas Fed Cup team
Next month Ireland will send one of its youngest teams ever to compete at the BNP Paribas Fed Cup in Cairo, Egypt.
Team Ireland, consisting of Julia Moriarty, Amy Bowtell, Jenny Claffey and Lynsey McCullough, will compete in the Europe/Africa Zone Group III at the women’s premier team competition, which runs from Monday 19 April until Saturday 24 April at the Smash Tennis Academy in Cairo.
Captained by Garry Cahill, the eldest player on the 2010 Fed Cup team is aged 21years, making it one of the youngest teams to compete in the tournament. Julia Moriarty, player number one for Ireland, is the oldest of the group at 21, but a newcomer to the BNP Paribas Fed Cup. Born in Adelaide, Australia, the young dual-citizen is currently ranked 695th in the world and has been deemed eligible by the ITF to represent Ireland in this competition.
Ireland’s number two player is Amy Bowtell, the youngest member on the team at sixteen. Bowtell has been a highly successful member of the BNP Paribas National Tennis Academy Junior Squad since 2001, reaching the finals of the Ladies National Indoors event at Riverview at Christmas.
Partners at last years Fed Cup in Malta, Jenny Claffey and Lynsey McCullough make up the rest of the team.
The Fed Cup will consist of a round-robin style tournament, with two pools of five teams. Other nations making up the Europe/Africa Zone Group III are: Algeria, Angola, Egypt, Iceland, Malta, Moldova, Morocco, Namibia and Turkey. The winners of each pool will play against the number two teams in the other group to determine which two nations will advance to the Europe Africa Zone Group II in 2011. All of the remaining nations’ play will determine the final positions within the group.