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Routliffe included in NZ Fed Cup team

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 4 days ago

Newly-certified New Zealand tennis player Erin Routliffe is in the three-woman team to compete at their next Fed Cup assignment in July.

Auckland-born Routliffe joins American-based Paige Hourigan and Aucklander Jo Carswell in the team to compete with 13 nations at the Asia/Oceania Group tournament in Tajikstan in July.

New Zealand have been drawn in a pool featuring Indonesia and Sri Lanka, with the winners advancing to a four-team play-off.

Routliffe, 22, was only recently confirmed eligible to play for New Zealand by the International Tennis Federation.

She shifted from Auckland to Canada at the age of four and represented the Canadian junior Fed Cup team.

She has completed studying at the University of Alabama and is delighted to get the green light to represent her native country.

"I was definitely very happy when I received the email confirming it," she said.

"I knew I wanted to do it after being here (Auckland) at Christmas. The ITF asked me for a statement for my allegiance to NZ and my future plans, I guess it was to see if I was legit. They are cracking down on switching countries."

Routliffe, who reached the semifinals of the New Zealand tennis championships in December, has a WTA singles ranking of 633.

It will be the first time New Zealand has fielded a team in Fed Cup since 2014.

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