Spain to invest in women's tennis

Updated: February 24, 2010, 10:59 AM ET
Associated Press

MADRID -- Spain's tennis federation will invest $271,000 in its flagging women's game as it faces dropping out of the World Group zone for the first time in Fed Cup history.

President Jose Luis Escanuela says the federation will look to hold more top-level tournaments and create a national center to help nurture talent. Their fortunes have fallen behind the Spanish men, who won a second straight Davis Cup title last year.

But Spanish tennis great Manolo Santana says the amount was not enough to accomplish those goals.

The team will play Poland in a World Group II playoff in April and risks dropping into the Europe-Africa group for the first time.

Spain won five Fed Cups during the 1990s. It has lost all three final appearances since its last victory in 1998.


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