"It's been a while since I've played a competitive match here in Brisbane but there's certainly nothing better and hopefully, we can have a full crowd on the weekend and really fill that stadium," she said.

Barty could come up against doubles partner Victoria Azarenka in the tie with the duo coming together with Coco Vandeweghe out with an injury.

The pair, who are great friends, have played at both the Australian Open and more recently the Miami Open, making to the semi-finals of the later event.


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However, the 22-year-old isn't ready to push the friendship to one side yet.

"I think I'll park the friendship with her if she's on the other side of the net but outside of the court the relationship doesn't change whether it's a Fed Cup week, a tour week or practice week," Barty said.

Before speaking to media on Tuesday morning, Barty took time the time to answer questions and meet with a group of young players from the South West Indigenous Network (SWIN).

The organisation provides leadership, guidance, and support to the Indigenous communities of South West and South East Queensland through opportunities in sport, physical activities and recreation.

A proud Indigenous woman herself, Barty said organisations and programs like SWIN was something close to her heart.

"Evonne has been able to shape the programs across the country with help from Tennis Australia to give opportunities for indigenous youth to be introduced to tennis," she said.

"It's pretty amazing and brings a smile on my face every time I see it."