4 Sep 2014

Sport: Pacific Oceania to compete in both Fed and Davis Cups

10:43 am on 4 September 2014

Oceania Tennis says it will enter both a men's and women's team in the upcoming Davis and Federation Cup competitions.

The regional body, which runs the Pacific Oceania team, had considered dumping its Davis Cup side, after years of underachievement, and reintroducing a team for the Fed Cup.

Pacific Oceania have been active in the Davis Cup since 1995, but are currently in Asia/Oceania Zone Group IV, the lowest possible level.

Financial constraints mean the region has not entered a Fed Cup team for a decade but Executive Officer David Smith says they've found a way to enter both.

"It has been around money because it's not cheap to send a team. What we don't know is, the region we play in you could be going almost to the fringes of Arabia, Kazakhstan - up around those areas there - or it could be going very close here in fringe Asia, so it is expensive. We've done quite a bit of spade work and next year we've entered both a men's and a women's team."

David Smith says the Fed Cup team are likely to play in February next year and the Davis Cup side around July.