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Fed Cup Flurry Hits Asheville

The 2018Fed Cup brings international professional tennis competition to  Asheville  Feb. 10-11 for the USA vs. Netherlands World Group First Round.

The weekend competition features tennis star Venus Williams and her sister Serena, who is making her debut after maternity leave and who, on Friday, made an Asheville teen’s dream come true. 

Fourteen year old Kennedi Green was chosen to select names out of the Fed Cup trophy that decided the draw.  Kennedi got to meet Team USA and even spent a bit of one-on-one time with her tennis role model, Serena Williams. “I was so nervous, I almost fainted,” said Green, “It was the best day of my life.”  Green will be a ball girl during the competition.

The public got to view the draw ceremony,  just one of many community events leading up to this weekend’s matches.  On Wednesday, students from Avery Creek Elementary School in Arden got to participate in a tennis clinic game day at the Cellular Center Exhibition Center that                                included a Q & A time with U.S. Fed Cup Captain, Kathi Rinaldi.  

Jeff Joyce, Fed Cup Volunteer Coordinator

"We are Tennis City this week!" says Asheville's Jeff Joyce,  volunteer coordinator for the Fed Cup. 

Find out more about the Fed Cuphere


Parking tips:        

Parking garages

Download the free Asheville App on your Android or Apple device for its Find Parking feature to get real-time information on parking spaces available at the City’s four downtown parking garages. You can also check this USCC parking link for more parking information, including about the Buncombe County garage a short walk away.

Surface parking lot                                                    closures                                                     

-Feb. 5-11: Cherry Street gravel lot will be closed to the public and available by permit only from 6 a.m. Feb. 5 to 6 a.m. Feb. 12.

-Feb. 10-11: The following parking lots will be available by permit only:

-Paved Cherry Street parking lot below the Skate Park, from 6 a.m. Feb. 9 to 6 a.m. Feb. 12.
One City parking lot across the street from the USCC, next to City-owned property on Haywood Street and Page Avenue.

-Rankin Avenue parking lot behind the USCC.

Street closures and temporary one-way streets

Helen Chickering is a host and reporter on Blue Ridge Public Radio. She joined the station in November 2014.