4 Sep 2014

Sport: High hopes for Pacific Oceania's Fed Cup return

10:43 am on 4 September 2014

Hopes are high that Pacific Oceania can mount a strong challenge upon their return to the Federation Cup tennis competition next year.

The region has been active in the men's Davis Cup since 1995, but hasn't competed in the Fed Cup for a decade.

Oceania Tennis Executive Officer David Smith says after a lot of work they've managed to find funding for both teams.

He says there is a lot of talent in the women's ranks, including Samoa's Steffi Carruthers and Papua New Guinea's Tere-Apisah sisters, who are both playing and studying at Georgia State University in the US.

"Steffi as you know has been playing on the women's tour, in fact she's at Cairns at the moment in the Oceania Tennis Championships. Her ranking got to just inside the top 900. Then of course you've got the two Tere-Apisah sisters, Abigail and Marcia so clearly they would be heading up a team, you would expect, if they're all available."

David Smith says the venue for Pacific Oceania's Fed Cup return is not yet known but the tie will likely be in February, with the men to compete around July.