The Australians are looking forward to their upcoming Fed Cup tie against Ukraine.
WTA Staff
February 6, 2018

Australians Ashleigh Barty and Daria Gavrilova are feeling right at home as they prepare for a Fed Cup tie against Ukraine.

Not only are they playing in Canberra, in Australia for the first time in nearly two years, they are also playing on a temporary grass court there - which both players love.

“I feel most at home on the grass," Barty told reporters. "It’s no secret – I think everyone knows I love getting on a grass court and love playing my game on a grass court. I’m really excited that we have a tie in Australia – I haven’t payed a home tie for a very long time and to be on grass is a bonus."

Daria Gavrilova (Getty)

“Yeah, I love grass," added Gavrilova. "I really enjoy playing on it. It’s obviously really good on your body as well, and I feel great – I’ve only had two hits so far but I feel pretty good.”

Barty won the 2011 girls' championship on a grass court at Wimbledon, while Gavrilova has made it to the third round in the singles in SW19.

Australia has not reached a Fed Cup final since 1994, and Barty and Gavrilova are joined in this week's team by Casey Dellacqua and Destanee Aiava.