Australian Federation Cup team of 1976
Australian Federation Cup team
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“I spent three very enjoyable years with the Federation Cup team. In those days Federation Cup was a knockout tournament played in virtually a week. There was one in Philadelphia, we made it to the final and then lost to America. But I had three wonderful years with the girls. I always remember happy memories and I'm still friends with the girls." (Neale Fraser in 2015).
In 1976, Australia had beaten Romania, Belgium, West Germany and Great Britain to face the US team in the final. Kerry Reid won her singles rubber against Rosemary Casals, but Billie Jean King was too strong for Cawley. The Australians also lost the doubles, allowing the USA to be victorious and take the Federation Cup for 1976. Neale Fraser was captain-coach of the team in 1976, 1977 and 1978. Pictured are (L to R) Neale Fraser, Kerry Reid, Dianne Fromholtz Balestrat, Evonne Goolagong Cawley.