Oudin Named To U.S. Fed Cup Team

January 29, 2009 11:49 AM

Melanie Oudin of Marietta, Ga. was named to the United States Fed Cup team today, undoubtedly the highest honor of seventeen-year-old’s blossoming career.

The USTA and U.S. Fed Cup Captain Mary Joe Fernandez announced today that Oudin would join Phoenix resident Bethanie Mattek, the third-highest ranked American woman, will make her Fed Cup debut along with Liezel Huber, the world’s No. 1 doubles player and Jill Craybas, when they face Argentina in the 2009 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas quarterfinal February 7-8 at the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex in Surprise, Ariz.

Oudin, 17, will also be making her U.S. Fed Cup team competitive debut against Argentina, as she was named a future Fed Cupper for the 2007 World Group semifinal versus Russia in Stowe, Vt. Oudin officially turned pro after the 2008 US Open Junior Championships, where she reached the semifinals as the No. 2 seed. She achieved her best result in a tour event in Quebec City, where she recorded her first win over a Top 50 player (Sybille Bammer) en route to the quarterfinals. She won her first professional title in July at the USTA Pro Circuit $50,000 event in Lexington, Ky., and also appeared in the semifinals at two other $50,000 events.

“I am really excited about the team we are bringing to Surprise to begin our pursuit of the 2009 Fed Cup title," said Fed Cup Captain Mary Joe Fernandez. “We have a great mix of experience with Jill and Liezel, and youth with Bethanie and Melanie. We anticipate a competitive match against Argentina with an enthusiastic and passionate home crowd supporting us."

The best-of-five match series begins on Saturday, February 7 with two singles matches and is followed by two reverse singles matches and the doubles match on Sunday, February 8.

Two-day and single-session tickets for the Fed Cup quarterfinal between the U.S. and Argentina are still available. Ticket prices range from $50 to $200 for two-day packages with single session tickets starting at $30. Tickets can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at (888) 334-USTA (8782), or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are also available at the Surprise Stadium Box office located at 15960 North Bullard Avenue in Surprise from 10am-5pm or at any Ticketmaster outlet.

Tennis Channel will present live daily coverage beginning at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday and Sunday.

The U.S. won its last home Fed Cup tie in last year’s quarterfinal against Germany at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club in La Jolla, Calif. The U.S. and Argentina have met three times in Fed Cup competition with the U.S. owning a 2-1 advantage. All three previous meetings occurred before the Fed Cup went to its current best-of-five format. Argentina won the last meeting between the two nations in Frankfurt, Germany in the 1993 World Group quarterfinal. Ines Gorrochategui beat Lindsay Davenport and Florencia Labat defeated Lori McNeil to give Argentina an insurmountable 2-0 lead. The Argentines then lost to Australia in the semifinal.