The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has announced the official draw for the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Europe/Africa Zone Group 2 event taking place from 19-22 April 2017
The four day event will be played in Siauliai, Lithuania at the Siauliai Tennis School.
The eight nations contesting the Europe/Africa Zone Group 2 event are hosts Lithuania, Denmark, Egypt, Luxemburg, Norway, Slovenia, Sweden, and South Africa. All nations contesting the Zone Group 2 event will be bidding to qualify for the Fed Cup Euro/Africa Zone Group 1 next year. Two teams will be promoted after the event.
South Africa, seeded four, have drawn top seeds Sweden, Slovenia and Norway in Pool A. South Africa will play Sweden in their opening tie tomorrow (Wednesday) morning followed by Norway on Wednesday afternoon. On Thursday, South Africa will play Slovenia
Team Captain Earl Grainger said that his team faced a big challenge in Lithuania. “Let’s not kid ourselves we are in a very tough tournament and have drawn first seeds in our opening pool tie. But we have a very competent and enthusiastic team who are able to deliver so South Africa can be well assured of our best efforts always.”
The draw conducted Tuesday is as follows;
South African team rankings (singles/doubles);
Chanel Simmonds; Singles 339 , Doubles 225
Ilze Hattingh; Singles 969 , Doubles 698
Madre Le Roux; Singles 1062 , Doubles 970
Makayla Loubser; Singles 1701 (combined ITF world junior rankings)