Hackney to stage an international tennis match
Hackney's Copper Box Arena is set to become the newest venue for the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA).
It is the first time that a Fed Cup or Davis Cup has been staged in East London. The arena, in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, will host Great Britain versus Kazakhstan, from 20 to 21 April, in the Fed Cup's women's play-off.
GB Fed Cup Captain Anne Keothavong, who grew up in Hackney, and LTA Chief Executive Scott Lloyd made the announcement when they visited Clapton Girls' Academy, E5, last month.
The LTA announced, at Clapton Girls' Academy, that Hackney is to stage an international team tennis match for the first time ever. Photo credit: LTA
The pair played tennis and took questions from Year Nine Pupils at the school. Anne said: "It's very special to come back to my home borough of Hackney. Having grown up and started playing tennis here, I never dreamt that one day I would be coming back and leading the British team in what is the world cup of women's team tennis.
It just goes to show the power of sport and demonstrates to these young women what can be achieved if you work hard."
Scott added: "We are very proud to bring our FedCup tie against Kazakhstan to East London. Building on the success of the 2012 Olympic Games, we are hoping the backdrop of an iconic venue like the Copper Box Arena will spur our team onto victory.
We want to enable as many fans as possible to attend and give new audiences the opportunity to experience the thrill of live tennis."
Great Britain will battle it out over two days playing two singles matches on Saturday, with the reverse singles and doubles on Easter Sunday.
Ticket prices start from £6 for children under 16 and £12 for adults.