Ireland Team announced for Billie Jean King Cup Europe/Africa Group III 2022

Ireland Team announced for Billie Jean King Cup Europe/Africa Group III 2022

After a hard-fought campaign in 2021 where the girls in green almost clinched promotion, Tennis Ireland is delighted to announce that Ireland will return to competition in the Billie Jean King Cup in Skopje, North Macedonia from 4th – 9th July as they aim for promotion to the Europe/Africa Group II.

In 2022, Group III consists of 33 teams, split into two events (A&B). Ireland, who are ranked 67 in the world, are seeded number 1 in Event B.

Other Event B nations include: Malta, South Africa, Portugal, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Iceland, Kenya, Namibia, Albania, Congo, Uganda, Botswana, Burundi, Congo Democratic Republic, Seychelles, Sudan. The official draw will take place at the event in July.

Only one nation will advance to the Europe Africa Group II in 2023.

 

The team selected for 2022 is as follows:

Celine Simunyu

Anna Bowtell

Caragh Courtney

Shauna Heffernan

Kate Gardiner

First reserve: Aisling O’Connor

 

Ireland Captain and Leinster Performance Director John McGahon said “I am excited to go and compete at the Billie Jean King Cup in North Macedonia this July. I would like to congratulate the players that have been selected to represent Ireland at this very prestigious event. I know that these athletes have a real care and passion to play for their country. These are the moments we play for.”

 

Shauna Heffernan made her debut for Ireland in 2021 and hopes the team can progress from last year “I had an amazing experience on the Billie Jean King Cup team last year. We put in some great performances and had a big win against South Africa which has definitely given us huge confidence going into this year’s campaign. I’m really excited to represent my country again alongside a brilliant group of people.”

 

Tennis Ireland National Performance Coordinator, Garrett Barry said “Following a great team performance in 2021, falling just short of promotion, Tennis Ireland is excited about this year’s Billie Jean King Cup prospects. I would like to wish John McGahon and his team all the best for a great tournament.”

 

Tennis Ireland would like to congratulate the players on their selection and wish Captain John McGahon and the team the very best of luck next month.

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