sport news LTA to host first Fed Cup matches for 26 years 

British tennis will try and capitalise on the groundswell of progress among the country's female players by hosting its first Fed Cup matches in 26 years next February.

A sprinkling of established names, including Jo Konta and potentially and Elina Svitolina, will congregate in Bath for what is the women's equivalent of the Davis Cup competition.

The Lawn Tennis Association will co-host the Europe-Africa Zone playoffs, with eight countries lining up in two groups between February 6 and 9 to see which two nations can gain promotion to the elite World Group level.

Britain's Johanna Konta, right, and Heather Watson during a Fed Cup match in April, 2018

Britain's Johanna Konta, right, and Heather Watson during a Fed Cup match in April, 2018

A combination of past British weakness and an unusual sequence of away draws has not seen a Fed Cup home tie played since 1993, but that will change shortly after next year's Australian Open.

The large indoor tennis facility at Bath University will be used,

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