24 Apr 2015

Sport: More Pacific players to be available for future Fed Cup events

12:39 pm on 24 April 2015

Pacific Oceania expects to have a wider pool of players to select from in future Fed Cup tennis campaigns.

Samoa's Steffi Carruthers, Papua New Guinea's Abigail Tere-Apisah and Brittany Teei from the Cook Islands finished fifth of eleven teams in Asia/Oceania Zone Group Two in India last weekend.

The tie in Hyderabad was the first time Pacific Oceania had competed at Fed Cup level since 2004.

The Vice President of Oceania Tennis Cyrille Mainguy says it was a positive result and they expect to be even stronger in future.

"It was a really good performance, noting that they hadn't been exposed to this type of competition for quite some time so we're really hoping that this team will gain in strength because a lot more younger players are actually in the [United] States at the moment, and quite a few of them will be coming back. We're really hoping in a year or two, when they get a bit of experience and we have a full-capacity team, that they will be able to get up to the highest group, definitely".

Meanwhile the Pacific Oceania men's team will contest a Davis Cup tie in Bahrain next week.