Johanna Konta, Heather Watson and Team GB’s Fed Cup stars enjoy game of football tennis with West Ham United women ahead of Kazakhstan tie
- Team GB face Kazakhstan in the Fed Cup World Group II play-off this weekend
- A win will see Great Britain reach the World Group for the first time in 26 years
- Ahead of that tie, they played a game of football tennis with West Ham Women
Great Britain are gearing up for their pivotal Fed Cup clash with Kazakhstan and ahead of that World Group II play-off, Anne Keothavong’s side have prepared for it in a novel way.
Victory for Great Britain at the Copper Box Arena this weekend will see them reach the World Group for the first time in 26 years.
And ahead of that tie, the Fed Cup squad took on West Ham United Women in a game of football tennis.
Great Britain’s Fed Cup stars and West Ham United Women played football tennis on Tuesday
Team GB star Heather Watson (right) was among those who played in the friendly game
The match was played against the backdrop of east London’s Queen Elizabeth Park
Afterwards both sets of players met with members of West Ham Foundation’s Youth Forum
Johanna Konta, Katie Boulter, Heather Watson, Harriet Dart and Katie Swan were all present on Tuesday as they took on West Ham quartet Tessel Middag, Brianna Visalli, Anna Moorhouse, Brooke Hendrix in a friendly game against the backdrop of east London’s Queen Elizabeth Park.
After the spectacle both sets of players met and spoke with members of West Ham United Foundation’s Youth Forum.
Speaking ahead of their tie with Kazakhstan, captain Keothavong says she has named her strongest squad possible.
‘I’m delighted to name our strongest possible team to represent Great Britain at Copper Box Arena in 10 days’ time against Kazakhstan,’ she said.
‘It promises to be a memorable occasion as we aim to reach the world group level for the first time since 1993, staged against the iconic backdrop of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London, a place that has special significance for me. ‘
Team GB will be hoping to kick Kazakhstan out when they meet in the Fed Cup this weekend
Team GB captain Anne Keothavong is preparing her side for their World Group II play-off
Keothavong grew up in Hackney and it will be the first time east London has staged international tennis.
Britain hosted Fed Cup action in Bath earlier this year for the first time in 25 years, with the home nation coming through the Europe/Africa Zone for the fifth time in eight years.
The team qualified by winning all four ties against Slovenia, Greece, Hungary and Serbia.
‘There is little to separate the two teams in terms of rankings but I’m confident the home fans will give all our players an inspirational lift just like we had in Bath earlier in February. It’s also very important to our team to open up our sport to new fans and increase awareness of tennis at different times of the year.’
Britain have lost their previous four play-offs having been drawn away each time, losing out to Japan last year on the deciding doubles rubber.
Jo Konta (left) will hope to lead Great Britain to the World Group for the first time in 26 years
The Copper Box Arena tie will be the first time east London has staged international tennis
Have something to say? Leave a comment: