23 Dec 2010

Davis Cup in Austria to be played in aircraft hanger

5:46 am on 23 December 2010

Austria will play France on a clay court in an aircraft hangar in the first round of tennis's 2011 Davis Cup.

A 10,000 square-metre hangar at Austria's main airport - 20 kilometres east of Vienna - which is being used for maintenance of a Boeing 747, will be transformed into a 6,000 capacity tennis stadium for the March tie.

The federation struggled to find an appropriate location as no suitable sporting venue in Vienna region was available for that week.

Austria has not passed the first round of the Davis Cup since 1995.

Nine-time champion France lost this month's final 3-2 to Serbia.