About the Fed Cup Foundation
The voice of women in tennis
“I absolutely love what the Fed Cup Foundation does in creating opportunities for more girls to try tennis,
particularly in remote and underprivileged areas”
– Judy Murray
The Fed Cup Foundation began in 1974 (originally known as the Australian Women’s Tennis Association) to support women’s tennis. Since then, the Fed Cup Foundation has grown to reach a community of over 3,000.
The Fed Cup Foundation has developed the trust and support of tennis around the country with an extensive Australia wide tennis club and coach network and is committed to helping women in tennis, as players, coaches, officials, administrators and executives.
With our vision to be recognised as the pre-eminent body representing women in tennis, we are passionate about supporting women to make the sport of tennis accessible for all Australians to enjoy.
In keeping with this commitment, we:
- Nurture talent in Australian tennis through a scholarship program for female administrators, coaches and players who have the potential to represent Australia in Fed Cup competition.
- Support and promote the national Fed Cup team through the Foundation’s various social functions and events.
- Provide opportunities for young players in rural and regional areas to realise their potential in tennis through the Australian Made Foundation Cup national teams event held in January.
- Celebrate everything that is great about tennis and the fantastic contribution that women have made to the sport, through social events including high profile Breakfast with the Stars events.
“Tennis is a wonderful sport for women, whether they are young or young at heart.”
– Judy Dalton, Fed Cup Foundation President
Fed Cup was launched in 1963 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the International Tennis Federation (ITF). It’s now the world’s largest annual international team competition in women’s sport, with 99 nations taking part in 2015. Click here to find out about Team Australia.
The Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is an international team competition for girls in the 16 and under age category. Many of the world’s leading tennis stars have taken part in Junior Fed Cup, including Lindsay Davenport, Amelie Mauresmo, Francesca Schiavone, Elena Dementieva, Daniela Hantuchova, Angelique Kerber and Agnieszka Radwanska. Click here to find out more.
The Fed Cup Foundation Board, led by President Judy Dalton, brings together a highly qualified team sharing their considerable experience in sport, media, corporate and government.
Judy Dalton, President
An Australian Tennis champion, Judy is a nine time grand slam champion, winning doubles titles at Wimbledon, the US and French Opens and the Australian Open three times.
She reached a career high world ranking of 7 in 1968 and she helped Australia win the Federation Cup in 1965 and 1970. Her record was 6-1 singles and 12-3 doubles.
Judy’s commitment to women’s tennis has a long history and her biggest contribution to global tennis is as a member of the Original 9 who fought for equality of pay for women’s tennis which saw the beginning of the WTA, the most powerful women’s sporting association in the world.
Brigette McGuire, Executive Director
Brigette is a leading executive in marketing, media, governance and a commentator on business issues, behaviours and ethics in the sport and recreation sector. Over a 25 year career, Brigette’s work in the sport and recreation sector has spanned leading organisations including the USTA, Tennis Australia, Golf Australia, the Australian Sports Commission and the Nine television network to name a few. A member of the Monash University’s Business School Advisory Board and the Sport Environment Alliance Board, Brigette is a highly experienced and well credentialed senior executive. Brigette has raised significant commercial funds and led the strategic review of the organisation since joining the board.
John Arnold, Treasurer
A graduate of the Australia Institute of Company Directors (AICD), John has always had a commitment to community and public service. From his role as Mayor and Councillor at the Mildura Rural City Council through to organising roles at the Mildura Country Music Festival and the Country Music Association of Australia, John has been at the heart of community and public events, building on his 20 years in the aluminium manufacturing business. His passion for tennis has seen him a member of the Mildura Lawn Tennis Club and on the Organising Committee for the Fed Cup Tie in Mildura.
Sherryn Dove, Secretary
A board member since 2012, Sherryn brings a wealth of finance, administration, fundraising and event management experience with her to the Board. Utilising this experience along with her work at Australian Tennis Magazine and Edgley Smylie Sports Management, Sherryn has invaluable insights from the tennis and sporting sector.
A professional AFL sports coach and mentor to developing coaches, with a background in education, Luke brings to the board a passion for sport and business, which saw him co-found The Digital Collective in 2016 as well as his own brand ‘LukeOShannessy – C.M.E’ 12 months prior. Luke’s expertise lies in education, sports coaching, sports marketing and event management.
With vast experience in office management, accounts, marketing and sales, Maddison brings to the board strong people management skills and an ability to create a positive and motivating working environment that develops cohesive teamwork.
Helen Rice has had over 39 years of experience being the owner/manager of the Helen Rice Tennis School. She is full-time TA Qualified Club Professional tennis coach and has won the Tennis SA Club coach of the year in 2013 and 2016/17. In 2017 she won the Newcombe Medal Award for Club Coach excellence. Helen is a highly motivated, passionate coach who inspires girls and women to do their best.
Sally has consulted and managed many businesses which have engaged in strategic and operational management, development and execution of the national business strategy. She is currently the National Recruitment Services Director for Orchard HRO in Melbourne as well as residing on the Foundation Committee for St Kevin’s and the General Committee for RSY. She is passionate about women’s tennis as well as all young girls being given the opportunity to pursue their dreams.
Joining the Fed Cup Foundation Board in November 2017, Jo’s background is in Retail Human Resources and more recently in Sales and Marketing. Running her own business for over 10 years, Promotional merchandise and product based marketing campaigns have been her focus. Jo is currently a member at Royal South Yarra Lawn Tennis Club and as a mother of 3 tennis playing children she has spent plenty of time as a keen observer of the game.
Our Patron and Ambassador
Patron – Margaret Court AO MBE, 64 Grand Slam titles winner
“It was a great honour for me to represent my Nation in the Federation Cup and to win for Australia, because we live in a great Nation and I wanted to see Australia as the No 1 in the world in women’s tennis.”
The Fed Cup Foundation is delighted to enjoy the support of Margaret Court AO MBE as our Patron.
Born in Albury, Margaret Court won her first grand slam title in 1960 and went on to amass a staggering 64 major titles in singles, doubles and mixed doubles. Her formidable reach saw her dubbed as ‘The Arm’ by Billie Jean King, her athleticism, net attack and powerful serve was unrivalled.
Undoubtedly one of Australia’s and the world’s greatest tennis player, Margaret Court continues her work with women’s tennis through her patronage of the Fed Cup Foundation.
Ambassador – Margie Abbott
“Having been involved with sport my whole life, I know how important it is to keep active and the benefits to your overall well-being. Tennis is an excellent sport for females that is not only social but teaches many life skills including sportsmanship and resilience. I am thrilled to be an Ambassador of the Fed Cup Foundation and to support them in leading the way in womens sports.”
With a long history and interest in sport, the former first lady of Australia, Margie Abbott comes from a sport orientated family with one of her brothers a senior soccer administrator and Margie herself playing soccer and netball for a number of years. Her commitment to sport has seen her support the Fed Cup Foundation as an Ambassador and launch the Scholarship Program in 2016.