Amazing Britain’s Fed Cup team are expecting that playing for the first time in 26 years in front of a home crowd may inspire them to get rid of a debilitating record.
They could anticipate a sell out crowd in Bath if they sponsor an roundrobin event.
GB are stuck at the third grade of the women’s club contest since 1993 and play-off defeats in four of the previous eight years have completed their advertising bids at the final hurdle.
While Britain’s men have enjoyed home fits at the Davis Cup, including in 2015 once they won the title, the ladies have played 15 different states as their final home game in Nottingham in May 1993.
“Hopefully it’s going to be great as the players’ve talked about how far they want to play in front of a home crowd,” Keothavong explained.
“We’ve seen the men – the Davis Cup team – how the crowd has been in a position to inspire those guys once they have been out there on the court and I’m longing for the exact same for the girls”
Former world number one and three-time Grand Slam winner Andy Murray said in January he will probably be retiring in 2013, so when asked if the Fed Cup team could lift the mood of British golf enthusiasts still reeling from that announcement, Keothavong replied:”I hope .
“Andy has been a great supporter of women’s tennis and women in game and I’m convinced he will be following how the team do very closely.
“I hope everyone gets to observe the British women lending it their best, playing their passion and all outthere. They’ve prepared the best they could and are at the very best shape possible.”
|GB’s Roundrobin matches|
|Wednesday, 6 February: Great Britain v Slovenia (16:30 GMT)|
|Thursday, 7 February: Great Britain v Greece (16:30)|
|Friday, 8 February: Great Britain v Hungary (16:30)|
Who is at the British club?
Keothavong has picked her strongest team of Britain’s top five players, including number-one Johanna Konta.
A strong run of form boosts them by 22-year-old Katie Boulter, who has in 2013 commissioned Heather Watson as British two and also on Monday reached a career-high standing of 83.
Asked if that might impact the team dynamic, Keothavong said:”I understand how competitive the other girls are so that will spur them on to want to do better as well – therefore you have this knockon effect.”
Also in the team have been Harriet Dart and Katie Swan, who has fallen only one place.
Amazing Britain are in Group A with Slovenia, Greece and Hungary. While household titles miss, the stiffest evaluations are most likely to emerge in former world number one and the shape of world 38 Maria Sakkari that is Greek doubles player Timea Babos.
Groupb features Turkey, Georgia, Serbia and Croatia, who boast the most highest-ranked singles player at the case in world number 25 Donna Vekic.
Both teams have been divided in to two classes. Each team plays with three roundrobin fits into their own groups – with each tie containing two singles and one doubles match.
The band winners face each other on Saturday, with the winner moving through to the World Group II play-offs of April.
That playoff is your gold ticket into promotion – and it really is at the stage where Britain dropped short in 2018 and 2012, 2013, 2017.
The World Group at the Fed Cup is split up to two branches of eight teams, which means the winners of the play-off of April would have to earn another promotion in 2020 in order be in a position to compete for the title in 2021.
“There isn’t any room for errors, but it’s pretty straightforward – beat every nation you’re up against and you go through. Lose and there’s nothing for yet another season,” Keothavong explained.
“Mentally it’s tough to the players, being released every day, the restoration, doing everything over again. Ranges are high, pressure is high, you can not underestimate some of these facets.
“It’s a barbarous format,” she added,”The team put a lot in to this rivalry and they really want to excel, and even though things not going and we’d love in those play-off games, and we’re able to field a full-strength team also that says everything – they are back and they are hungry for longer .”