Thursday 5th December 2019
After the men’s team’s memorable victory against Canada in the Davis Cup, Spain’s ladies will launch their bid for global glory in the 2020 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas against Japan at the iconic La Manga Club resort in February.
The two countries will be meeting in the competition for the second year running. Georgina Garcia-Perez was Spain’s hero when the nations played each other in a world qualifier in Kita-Kyushu in February, having a hand in all three points to help her team to a 3-2 victory.
Former world number one Garbiñe Muguruza, the 2017 Wimbledon ladies champion, is set to head Spain’s side for the tie, which will take place on La Manga Club’s famous clay courts from February 7-8.
Muguruza helped Spain beat Paraguay 3-1 the last time they played at La Manga Club in April last year and the nation has an impressive record at the resort, but Japan hopes to be boosted by the return of world number three Naomi Osaka after she was forced to miss the defeat in Kita-Kyushu.
Nicolas Almagro, the ex-world number nine who was recently appointed as tennis academy director at La Manga Club, said: “La Manga Club has a rich pedigree of hosting the Fed Cup, and it’s fantastic news that we’ve been chosen to stage such an important international event, especially coming so soon after the men’s victory in the Davis Cup.
“I know as a former player, it was always a great privilege when I had the chance to play here. The courts, facilities and setting are on a par with the very best in the world, and I can’t wait for the chance to welcome some of the biggest names in the game to the resort.”
The official overseas training base of the Lawn Tennis Association and also an official resort partner of Tennis Europe – Europe’s largest tennis association – La Manga Club has been at the forefront of world tennis for more than 45 years and regularly hosts top tournaments and the game’s biggest stars.
With world-class facilities including 20 clay courts (in addition to the exhibition court and central court with capacity for 1,200 spectators), four fast courts and four artificial grass courts, the resort offers the perfect destination for professionals and amateurs to work on all aspects of their technique under sunny skies.
Away from tennis, other facilities include three 18-hole golf courses and a 2,000sqm Wellness Centre, while La Manga Club is the home to Spain’s only official Chelsea FC Foundation Soccer School. In addition, it features the choice of a five-star hotel and four-star serviced apartments and townhouses, and more than 15 bars and restaurants.