France and Australia show up in style for official dinner

Team Australia Samantha Stosur and Ash Barty answers questions and will not being drawn into the Margaret Court controversy ahead of the Fed Cup Final

The finale marks the last Fed Cup played under the current format, with an overhaul next year seeing 12 nations compete in a six-day event in Budapest.

Tennis' elite women's players, including world number one and fan-favourite, Australia's Ashleigh Barty, have been welcomed to Perth ahead of this weekend's clash between France and Australia, for the final of the 2019 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Final.

Simply previous to Friday's entice, Australia workers captain Alicia Molik selected No. 51-ranked Tomljanovic above Stosur as Australia's 2nd singles participant driving Barty. They are banking on passionate home support to get them over the line.

It means Australian young guns Astra Sharma and Priscilla Hon will cheer from the sidelines, along with France's Alize Cornet, Fiona Ferro and Pauline Parmentier.

French Open champion Barty and former US Open victor Stosur played all the singles and doubles in their semi-final win over Belarus, but Stosur said captain Alicia Molik had yet to indicate if the same tactic would be deployed.

"For all of us to be able to say that we are Fed Cup champions would be special", Barty told fedcup.com.


"I think if we can not handle it in one weekend for Fed Cup final and to get our name on the trophy, that means we are not worth it".

Benneteau has yet to indicate who will play in Perth on Saturday and Sunday.

While it is Australia's first final since 1993, France made the decider three years ago, losing 3-2 to the Czech Republic.

But Garcia doesn't believe the visitors will struggle under the conditions, saying she and Mladenovic have plenty of experience playing down under. "I can not say we are used to playing in 40 degrees but I think we all did once in our life", Garcia said.

While Tomljanovic is Australia's second-highest ranked female player behind Barty, her selection is still something of a leap of faith given the highly-experienced Stosur boasts the most singles wins for Australia in Fed Cup history.

"Television broadcast of the Final also gives us a global platform to promote our State and inspire people from all over the world to travel here". "Midway through the year I wanted to make sure that I was fit and healthy and doing everything possible to be right for this weekend".

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