Tennis body's lobbying goes up a notch

THE Bendigo Tennis Association's bid to lobby for a Fed Cup tie in April is to be applauded.

In recent summers the BTA has successfully staged Pro Tour events.

Casey Dellacqua's build-up to this year's Australian Open included winning back-to-back William Loud International tournaments on Bendigo's courts.

The brilliant left-hander, pictured, went on to reach the fourth round at the first grand slam of the year.

Given Dellacqua's superb record in Bendigo, a return here for a Fed Cup tie is one she would not complain about.

Given Dellacqua's superb record in Bendigo, a return here for a Fed Cup tie is one she would not complain about

A Fed Cup bid is one of the Bendigo Tennis Association's most ambitious.

What a coup it would be to see Samantha Stosur and Casey Dellacqua team up for a semi-final clash with Germany.

BTA chief executive Leon Retallick summed it up best when he spoke about the possibility of the Cup clash being on the Bendigo Bank complex hardcourts.

"To have a world cup group tie in Bendigo would be pretty big," Retallick said.

The BTA hierachy is well and truly set to keep rallying  for more big-time tennis to be played in Bendigo this year and beyond. 

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