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    2017 Fed Cup Draws, OoP & Discussion

    PRESS RELEASE
    20 June 2016

    Draw made for 2017 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas

    The Draw for the 2017 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas was held at the ITF AGM in Zagreb, Croatia on Monday. First round ties will take place on 11-12 February 2017. The 2016 finalists were automatically the top two seeds in the 2017 World Group, while the remaining seeds were based on the latest ITF Fed Cup Nations Ranking of 18 April 2016.

    2017 World Group

    First round (11-12 February)

    Czech Republic [s] [c] v Spain
    USA [c] v Germany [s]
    Belarus [c] [*] v Netherlands [s]
    Switzerland [c] v France [s]


    2017 World Group II

    First round (11-12 February)

    Russia [s] [c] [*] v Chinese Taipei
    Romania [s] [c] [*] v Belgium
    Ukraine [c] v Australia [s]
    Italy [s] [c] [*] v Slovakia


    Key
    [s] = seeded nation
    [c] = choice of ground[*] = choice of ground decided by lot

    2017 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas dates

    World Group and World Group II first round: 11-12 February
    World Group semifinals, World Group/World Group II play-offs: 22-23 April
    World Group Final: 11-12 November

    The 2016 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Final between France and Czech Republic will take place in Strasbourg, France on 12-13 November.

    Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of Tennis. It is the largest annual international team competition in women’s sport, with 102 nations entered in 2016. The competition is 53 years old having been founded in 1963. The title sponsor is BNP Paribas, the Official Bank of Fed Cup. International sponsors are Adecco (Official HR Sponsor) and Betway (Official Betting Sponsor). beIN SPORTS is the Official Global Media Rights Partner. Follow all the action on www.fedcup.com, www.fedcup.com/es, www.twitter.com/fedcup, www.facebook.com/FedCup,www.Weibo.com/fedcupofficial and www.fedcup.tv.

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    Re: 2017 Fed Cup Draws, OoP & Discussion

    VENUES ANNOUNCED FOR 2017 FIRST ROUND
    17 Oct 2016

    The ITF has confirmed four of the eight venues to be used for the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group and World Group II first round ties in 2017

    The venues will host World Group and World Group II first round ties on 11-12 February next year, with more announcements expected later this week.

    Czech Republic v Spain, Ostravar Arena, Ostrava

    Petr Pala's team has not lost a Fed Cup by BNP Paribas tie at home since losing 3-2 to USA in the World Group semifinals back in 2009. The Czechs have also won all four ties that they have ever contested in Ostrava, with one win every year since 2012.

    So it will come as no surprise that the eastern Europeans are looking to home advantage against a potentially tricky opening round opponent in the shape of Spain.

    The Ostravar Arena is more used to hosting ice hockey and the atmosphere is sure to be anything but frosty when these two giants of women's team tennis go head to head in February.

    Belarus v Netherlands, Chizhovka Arena, Minsk

    Another venue that is more at home hosting ice hockey than tennis is Belarus' choice of ground for its World Group first round clash against Netherlands.

    The Chizhovka Arena is no stranger to top-class sport with the Men's World Ice Hockey Championships taking place there in 2014 but the home crowd is sure to be in full voice as Belarus looks to make the most of a first-ever World Group first round tie.

    Switzerland v France, Palexpo, Geneva

    The Palexpo in Geneva has seen its fair share of drama in team tennis with two Davis Cup by BNP Paribas ties famously being held there in 2014 when Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka led Switzerland to the title for the first time.

    But you have to go all the way back to the 1998 Final for the one and only previous occasion that the Swiss Fed Cup team competed in the same venue and that was a 3-2 thriller against Spain.

    Martina Hingis won both her singles rubbers against Conchita Martinez and Arantxa Sanchez Vicario but it was not meant to be for the hosts as Hingis and Schnyder were defeated 60 62 in the decisive doubles rubber by Martinez and Sanchez Vicario.

    Romania v Belgium, Sala Polivalenta, Bucharest

    After back-to-back losses on home soil against Czech Republic and Germany saw Romania relegated from the top flight of the competition in 2016, Alina Cercel-Tecsor's team has opted to move away from the Sala Polivalenta in Cluj-Napoca in favour of a venue with the same name in the capital city of Bucharest.

    Romania is targeting an immediate return to the World Group and will be hoping that a change of venue will provide a change in fortune.
    Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth (paraphrased)


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    Re: 2017 Fed Cup Draws, OoP & Discussion

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    FED CUP BY BNP PARIBAS RETURNS TO HAWAII,
    AS MAUI HOSTS WORLD-CLASS TENNIS MATCHUP
    BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND GERMANY, FEB. 11-12


    Matches to be played at the Royal Lahaina Resort in Maui

    Tickets to go on sale Friday, Nov. 18, for best-of-five match series

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., October 26, 2016 – The USTA today announced that the Royal Lahaina Resort in Maui has been selected as the site for the 2017 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group First Round between the United States and Germany, Feb. 11-12. Fed Cup is the world’s largest annual international team competition in women’s sport, with approximately 100 nations taking part each year.

    The best-of-five match series begins on Saturday, Feb. 11, with two singles matches. That is followed by two reverse singles matches and the doubles match on Sunday, Feb. 12. Matches will be played on an outdoor hard court. The U.S. Fed Cup team captain will select the four players to represent the United States no later than 10 days prior to the event. Germany is likely to be led by 2016 US Open champion and world No. 1 Angelique Kerber.

    2017 will be the second consecutive year that Hawaii will host Fed Cup and the first time that a state has hosted consecutive Fed Cup home ties. Hawaii became the 16th state to host this prestigious competition earlier this year when Kailua-Kona held the World Group II First Round against Poland, in which the U.S. team of Venus Williams, Sloane Stephens, CoCo Vandeweghe and Bethanie Mattek-Sands swept Poland, 4-0. Hawaii hosted Davis Cup, the men’s equivalent to Fed Cup, in Kohala Coast at the Mauna Lani Racquet Club in the 1992 World Group First Round, where the U.S. team of Andre Agassi, John McEnroe and Pete Sampras swept Argentina, 5-0. The Royal Lahaina Resort also hosts a $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit men’s Challenger in January.

    “We are proud to bring Fed Cup back to Hawaii after an extremely successful tie earlier this year here that brought sell-out crowds and had such a positive impact on the community,” said USTA Chairman, CEO and President Katrina Adams. “Maui will be the perfect fit for us next year in our first-round matchup with Germany. Hawaii has such welcoming and vibrant tennis fans and the Royal Lahaina Resort is a world-class venue that will be an ideal host for the fans, players, and everyone involved. We look forward to Hawaii fans coming out again to cheer on the U.S. to victory.”

    The winner of this matchup will advance to face either the Czech Republic or Spain in the World Group Semifinals, held April 22-23, for a chance to compete for the 2017 Fed Cup title. The losing nation will compete in the World Group Playoffs in April to remain in the World Group for 2018. The U.S. will be competing in the World Group for the first time since 2014.

    The United States holds an 8-5 head-to-head record over Germany in Fed Cup. The U.S. last faced Germany in the 2011 World Group Playoffs in Stuttgart, Germany, where Germans swept the Americans, 5-0. The U.S. last defeated Germany in the 2008 World Group First Round in La Jolla, Calif., 4-1.

    Tickets will go on sale to the public on Friday, Nov. 18, at www.usta.com/fedcup. From Friday, Nov. 18, through Thursday, Jan. 5, only two-day ticket packages will be sold with the greatest initial ticket value. Beginning on Friday, Jan. 6, two-day packages will no longer be available. Fans will then have access to single-day tickets for Saturday or Sunday.

    The USTA has partnered with the USTA Hawaii Pacific Section, Hawaii Tourism Authority, Royal Lahaina Resort, Kaanapali Beach Resort Association and Maui Visitors Bureau to bring this event to Maui.

    “We are excited to have Fed Cup return to Hawaii after an exciting and sold out Fed Cup in Kona in February,” said Ron Romano, USTA Hawaii Pacific Executive Director. “Fed Cup was a great venue to promote and develop the growth of tennis in Hawaii, while promoting Hawaii as a visitor destination. I have no doubt that the tennis community will embrace the USA versus Germany tie and we could not have a more beautiful location than the island of Maui.”

    “Many thanks to the USTA for believing in Hawaii as a premier location to host top-flight international tennis,” said George D. Szigeti, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority. “Maui is a spectacular setting to play tennis in winter, and fans worldwide will enjoy seeing the U.S. and German teams compete for the Fed Cup in warm, beautiful conditions with enthusiastic fans cheering them on."

    The site selection is subject to final approval by the International Tennis Federation. Tennis Channel will present live daily coverage of the World Group First Round.

    The U.S. leads all nations with 17 Fed Cup titles, the last coming in 2000. The U.S. is 38-6 all-time in Fed Cup ties played at home and holds an overall 146-36 record. For more information, including access to player and historical Fed Cup records, please go to www.usta.com/fedcup or www.fedcup.com. Follow the U.S. Fed Cup Team on Twit

    The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level -- from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. A not-for-profit organization with more than 715,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, the highest-attended annual sporting event in the world, and launched the Emirates Airline US Open Series, linking seven summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns approximately 90 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S. and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA’s philanthropic entity, the USTA Foundation, provides grants and scholarships and helps under-resourced youth and individuals with disabilities, and supports wounded, ill and injured service members, veterans and their families. For more information on the USTA, log on to usta.com, “like” the official Facebook page, facebook.com/usta, or follow @usta on Twitter.

    About the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority: The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority is responsible for strategically managing the State of Hawai‘i’s marketing initiatives to support tourism. HTA’s goal is to optimize tourism’s benefits for Hawai‘i, while being attentive to the interests of travelers, the community and visitor industry. Established in 1998 to support Hawai‘i’s leading industry and largest employer, HTA continually strives to help ensure the sustainability of tourism’s success. For more information about HTA, please visit www.hawaiitourismauthority.org. Follow updates about HTA on Facebook, Twitter (@HawaiiHTA) and its YouTube Channel.

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    Re: 2017 Fed Cup Draws, OoP & Discussion

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    KATHY RINALDI NAMED U.S. FED CUP CAPTAIN


    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., December 8, 2016 – The USTA today announced that Kathy Rinaldi has been named U.S. Fed Cup Captain. This announcement coincides with an expansion of the captain’s role. In this redefined position, the U.S. Fed Cup Captain will more closely work with Team USA players throughout the WTA Tour year, as well as support players in the offseason. Rinaldi will also work hand-in-hand with all departments of the USTA, including Player Development, to achieve maximum results. Mary Joe Fernandez previously held the position of U.S. Fed Cup Captain, stepping down in October, after 8 years at the post.

    “Kathy brings a rare combination of skills to the Fed Cup captaincy. She was a top-ten player when competing on the WTA Tour and now is a top-flight coach with impeccable credentials. Kathy already commands the respect and confidence of the U.S. players. This coupled with her leadership experience, and winning mentality makes her the ideal individual to ensure that the team is best composed, and best prepared, to compete with whatever opponent is across the net,” said Katrina Adams, Chairman of the Board and President, USTA. “Just as importantly, Kathy understands the significance of working with our Community Tennis group to promote the game at the youth level – which will only help to recruit and develop the next generation of Fed Cup and Davis Cup players for the United States.”

    Rinaldi, 49, was ranked as high as No. 7 in the world in singles (May 1986) and No. 13 in the world in doubles (February 1993). In 1981, she became the youngest player to win a match at Wimbledon (14 years, 91 days), a record that stood until 1990. She also reached the quarterfinals of the French Open in 1981, at age 14, and again in 1987. Rinaldi advanced to the singles semifinals of Wimbledon in 1985 and reached the doubles semifinals of the 1985 US Open, the 1987 French Open, and the Australian Open in 1991 and 1993. She won three WTA singles titles and two doubles titles in her career. She received the WTA Newcomer of the Year honor in her rookie season in 1981 at age 14, as well as a WTA Comeback Player of the Year award in 1989 after suffering an injury in 1987. Rinaldi also competed for the U.S. vs. Great Britain in the Wightman Cup competition, winning in 1983, ’85-86.

    As a coach, Rinaldi currently serves as Lead National Coach, Team USA – Pro Women for USTA Player Development, focused on helping American pros achieve Top-100 rankings. She has coached the U.S. to multiple junior international team competition titles, including the 16-and-under Junior Fed Cup (2012, 2014) and the 14-and-under World Junior Tennis (2009-10), and coached the U.S. women in the Pan-American Games in 2015. Rinaldi has also coached a multitude of American junior and pro women on either a primary or supplemental basis, and was named the U.S. Olympic Committee’s National Coach of the Year for tennis in 2011.

    "The change in the role of the Fed Cup Captain is part of the USTA's attempt to align all of our divisions for the greatest benefit of American tennis," said Stacey Allaster, Chief Executive, Professional Tennis, USTA. "In Kathy, we have someone that understands the importance of this, as well as someone uniquely qualified and equipped to work with players throughout the year, benefitting the overall development of American professionals, while at the same time raising the level of the U.S. Fed Cup team."

    “This is an unbelievable opportunity, and I am incredibly excited and honored to take on the position of U.S. Fed Cup Captain. I believe that my experiences as both a player and a coach have given me insight that will help me to succeed in this role and can assist in getting the U.S. Fed Cup team to the next level.” said Kathy Rinaldi, Fed Cup Captain and Lead National Coach, Team USA – Pro Women. “I look forward to working closely with the players throughout the year as we move forward in our goal of bringing the Fed Cup back to the United States.”

    # # #

    The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level -- from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. A not-for-profit organization with more than 715,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, the highest-attended annual sporting event in the world, and launched the Emirates Airline US Open Series, linking seven summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns approximately 90 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S. and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA’s philanthropic entity, the USTA Foundation, provides grants and scholarships and helps under-resourced youth and individuals with disabilities, and supports wounded, ill and injured service members, veterans and their families. For more information on the USTA, log on to usta.com, “like” the official Facebook page, facebook.com/usta, or follow @usta on Twitter.

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    Re: 2017 Fed Cup Draws, OoP & Discussion

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Please find the link below to the transcript of today's media conference call with new U.S. Fed Cup Captain Kathy Rinaldi.

    United States Tennis
    Association Media
    Conference
    Thursday December 8, 2016
    New York, New York
    Katrina Adams
    Stacey Allaster
    Kathy Rinaldi

    BRENDAN McINTYRE: Welcome, everybody. Thank
    you for joining us today. We're here obviously to
    announce the new U.S. Fed Cup captain. On the line
    today we have the USTA chairman of the board, CEO
    and president, Katrina Adams; the USTA chief
    executive of tennis, Stacey Allaster; and shortly to
    come our new U.S. Fed Cup captain.
    To make this special announcement, I will turn it over to
    Katrina Adams at this time.

    KATRINA ADAMS: Good afternoon, everyone. It gives
    me great pleasure to announce Katherine Rinaldi as
    our new U.S. Fed Cup captain. We are extremely
    excited to have someone like Kathy with her great
    coaching skills, her leadership capabilities and
    mentorship capacity that she can bring to our players
    of today and of tomorrow, and even more so we're
    happy to have her as our captain that will bring the Fed
    Cup back to the U.S. soil.

    BRENDAN McINTYRE: Now to give a little more insight
    into the decision-making process, how this all played
    out, why we went in this direction, our chief executive of
    professional tennis, Stacey Allaster.

    STACEY ALLASTER: Good afternoon, everyone. Let
    me also congratulate Kathy before I begin.
    I've been with the USTA now for approximately nine
    months. One of the first things I did when I joined was
    I met with Martin Blackman, general manager of player
    development. I asked Martin how could Pro Tennis
    support him better. One of the top things on Martin's
    list was to have more integration of Fed Cup and Davis
    Cup with player development on a year-round basis.
    As Martin and I continued those conversations about
    what that really meant, and we looked at the captains'
    roles, we really saw the importance that this position
    needed to be more year-round, to really work hand-inhand
    with Team USA, with all of our coaches, and most importantly
    to be working with our athletes on a more
    regular basis, versus the model that we previously had,
    which was the week before the tie and the week of.
    We had a process. Sometimes the chairman,
    president and CEO can elect to appoint the captain.
    But Katrina was great. She knew we had a lot of great
    Americans who were interested in the role. I
    recommended to Katrina that we should have a
    process.
    We had a selection committee made up of Chanda
    Rubin, Martin, Venus Williams, and myself. We went
    through that process. Kathy, at the end of the day, was
    unanimously selected by the committee.
    We involved the players. We got all of their feedback,
    that was critically important, and we made that
    recommendation. Here we are today to have a great
    American champion to now be our Fed Cup captain to
    bring the Cup home.

    BRENDAN McINTYRE: At this time it's my pleasure to
    turn it over to the new U.S. Fed Cup captain, Kathy
    Rinaldi.

    KATHY RINALDI: Thank you, Brendan, Stacey and
    Katrina.
    I am incredibly honored and excited to have this
    opportunity. I'm truly looking forward to working with all
    the players throughout the year. I want to thank
    Katrina, Stacey and everyone at the USTA for their
    confidence in me as Fed Cup captain and for
    supporting me in this role.
    Thank you.

    BRENDAN McINTYRE: Now at this time we'll open it
    up to the Q&A portion of the conference call.

    Q. Given that you've been intrinsically involved
    with American tennis and the USTA for many years,
    how do you see this role differentiating between
    what you've already done? How are you marrying
    all of your roles within the USTA?


    CAPTAIN RINALDI: I think the increased role of the
    Fed Cup captain can only help the success of the Fed
    Cup team. I think with the role that I'm doing, I am with
    the players all year round. I think the relationships that
    you form are strong.
    Mary Joe did an incredible job in her time as captain. I
    have tremendous respect for her as a person and as a
    player and a captain. I hope that I can build upon her
    success.

    Q. Is there anybody that you see as kind of a young
    player, maybe CiCi Bellis, but somebody you are
    looking to saying that, You are the future of the Fed
    Cup for the United States?


    CAPTAIN RINALDI: I think there's many. It's so
    exciting. I've been at the USTA for eight, nine years
    now. To see some of these girls that I've known since
    they were 12 years old and younger, now a CiCi Bellis,
    who is ranked 75 in the world, to watch Madison Keys,
    top 10 in the world, and the list goes on. It's just such
    an exciting time for American tennis.
    I have to give a shout out to all my colleagues at the
    USTA, all the private coaches, the relationships that
    have been formed in the last eight or nine years,
    watching everyone work together, seeing the success
    in the women's game, and the men's game as well, has
    been so exciting and very rewarding.

    Q. I'm sure Katrina didn't want to put any pressure
    on you, but she mentioned you bringing the Cup
    back to U.S. soil. Talk a little bit about what you
    like about that team competition concept. You
    really motivate your team at the junior Fed Cup and
    really enjoy it.


    CAPTAIN RINALDI: I do.
    As a player, we realize that tennis is an individual sport.
    I was fortunate enough to play the Wightman Cup for
    many years. Those are some of my best memories,
    being with a team, letting your guard down, getting to
    know each other and bonding for one common goal,
    and that's to win, to win the Fed Cup.
    Junior Fed Cup was just an extremely rewarding
    experience for me with the players, working with them,
    not only to win but to be better and to be better tennis
    players by the end of the week and better human
    beings, teaching them how to become a team member.
    Everybody is a superstar on the team.
    By the end of the week, it's just so rewarding, win or
    lose. Fortunately we won a lot. But it was extremely
    rewarding to become so close and to share those
    memories.
    Many of the girls today, we talk about it a lot. We've
    had so many fun times. So we're creating wonderful
    memories.

    Q. Primarily you've been involved more with the
    juniors. Will that continue or will you transition in
    a way more to the pros? I assume you'll be moving
    up to the Orlando area?


    CAPTAIN RINALDI: Well, in fact, I've been running the
    Team USA Pro Division for the past year. We started
    that team initiative, Team USA initiative, at the end of
    last year starting with the pre-season. I have been
    working a lot with the pros.
    I will continue to work with the juniors as well as they
    transition. I always enjoy working with every level of
    player. So I will continue to work with them, as well.
    Yes, I will be moving to Orlando, our amazing home of
    American tennis.

    Q. If I recall correctly, you've worked with a wide
    number of players Kournikova, Taylor, so forth.
    What do you think the one quality you have that
    you'd say is your greatest attribute in terms of the
    Fed Cup coaching position?


    CAPTAIN RINALDI: Well, I really don't like to toot my
    own horn. But I'm so passionate about what I'm doing.
    I get so emotional. I'm going to try not to get so
    emotional today, even though it's hard. I've had so
    much support.
    Tennis has been amazing to me. I've so grateful to my
    mom and dad for introducing me to this sport. It's
    given me so much.
    I'm really passionate. I really care about the sport. I
    really truly care about the players. I know how tough it
    is. I have so much respect for all the players.
    I think the bond that I have formed with players, hoping
    they know I'm truly in their corner.

    Q. We remember you coming on to the scene at
    such an early age, you've been around a good
    while. There's so many wonderful things about the
    sport of tennis. If you had to say the one thing you
    love the most about this game, what is the one
    thing that you love the most about it?


    CAPTAIN RINALDI: I would say I love the
    competitiveness. I love that you step on a court and it's
    you that controls your destiny. I would say the
    relationships have been amazing over the years. It
    becomes your family. So blessed to be here at the
    USTA. Patrick McEnroe gave me my opportunity eight
    or nine years ago. It's been highly rewarding.
    I had a wonderful career. But my coaching, you know,
    it's just been absolutely incredible to kind of be behind
    the player and empowering these women, kind of being
    in the shadows and watching them shine, to give back
    to the game that's given me so much.
    Tennis mirrors life. You learn so much about yourself
    through tennis. To see the young girls going through
    that, being by their side through the good times, the
    bad times, the ugly times, the great times, it really is an
    amazing ride, an amazing journey.

    Q. CiCi Bellis seems to have a strong forehand,
    loves the big stage, very competitive. What is your
    scouting report on her?


    CAPTAIN RINALDI: Well, she is amazing. She's an
    amazing young player. You just nailed it. She loves
    being on that stage. She loves tennis. She's very
    passionate about it, as well. She's a fearless
    competitor. She's a lot of fun to watch. I see her every
    day out here training hard. She's really dedicated. So
    many of our young players are. We have a lot of young
    players coming up. She's a terrific role model. There
    are many following in her footsteps.

    Q. Being that it's your first time captaining, are you
    excited to come to Hawaii as the first-round tie?


    CAPTAIN RINALDI: Well, heck, yeah. I am really
    excited. Maui is beautiful. You couldn't ask for a better
    venue. I am extremely thrilled. We have a tough
    match against Germany, but I am up for the challenge.
    I'm really looking forward to speaking with all the
    players coming up here shortly. We're looking forward
    to getting there.

    Q. Stacey, could you speak to why this expanded
    role is so important to the growth and development
    of American tennis, and how you see this
    partnership between the team events, player
    development and community tennis helping grow
    tennis at every level?


    STACEY ALLASTER: At a macro level, if we look at
    Pro Tennis, it really has been the engine, the financial
    engine, for the mission. It's been used to provide
    ranking point opportunities for our American players
    and their development. It's obviously been a massive
    marketing tool to promote the sport.
    What we want to do is build upon that foundation and
    use the Pro Tennis assets to inspire kids to play the
    sport, to inspire kids to stay in the game, particularly
    those who have aspirations to be on the world stage,
    and to reward all of the front liners, whether it's
    coaches or volunteers.
    With that, I want to use the Pro Tennis assets to get
    more kids to play. I want to use the Pro Tennis assets
    to help Americans win.
    Martin has done this unbelievable job in a very short
    period of time at creating a collaborative environment
    around Team USA. I said to Martin, I want Pro Tennis
    to be part of Team USA.
    Have Fed Cup and Davis Cup captains really being
    integrated, having Kathy take on the Fed Cup captain
    role, she will seamlessly build into it because she's
    already there on the front lines with the athletes. She
    knows them. She knows their personal coaches.
    She's going to know how to maximize the results to
    help them win.
    On the youth side, we really are going to involve more
    kids on court at the US Open, at the Series events, pro
    circuit events, team events, to really inspire kids to
    want to play this sport.
    We'll be working more on that in 2017. But breaking
    down the barriers, making Pro Tennis a part of Team
    USA, to grow the game and help Americans win.

    Q. Kathy, having already worked with a number of
    the professional and junior players, how beneficial
    is it for you to already have these existing
    relationships in place and how can that help you
    make an immediate impact when you assume this
    role?


    CAPTAIN RINALDI: I work closely with the athletes. I
    think it's going to really help me. I have the
    relationships. I think it's helpful when you're captain,
    you have to have some tough conversations
    sometimes. The players know me. I hope that they
    know everything comes from my heart, I'm an open
    book, I'm honest, and I think I have that relationship
    with them.
    I think it can only help the success of the Fed Cup.

    Q. Kathy, is there one aspect of this job that
    terrifies you?


    CAPTAIN RINALDI: I have been coaching now for a
    while. I am a little nervous. But as I tell the players,
    that's a good thing because that means you have a
    great opportunity ahead of you.
    To go in there and think there won't be challenges...
    Everything meaningful and great has challenges. I'm
    up for it. I feel like I have good relationships with the
    players. We're going to be in this as a team. We're
    going to do this together. I'm going to give it my best.
    I can tell you one thing, I'm going to work hard for these
    players because I really believe in them. Like I said,
    I'm just so passionate about it. I'm just overwhelmed to
    have this opportunity.

    Q. Obviously you have a variety of talents, like the
    Williams sisters who have done everything, to a lot
    of young, raw talent. Do you have a philosophy
    how you're going to balance making a team? Is it
    open door to the Williams if they want to come?
    Do you have to look at the young people, carefully
    bring in some of the young players? What is your
    philosophy, if you have one yet?


    CAPTAIN RINALDI: The philosophy is to put the best
    team together, the best team possible, and to win the
    Fed Cup, to bring it back to the U.S.
    Venus and Serena, two of the greatest players of all
    time to play the game, the impact that they have on
    tennis and on young women, it's just amazing.
    The philosophy is just to look at everybody, to be in
    everybody's corner, to work with everyone in hopes
    that those young players will come up and see the
    commitment that the veteran players make to Fed Cup.
    It's to put the best team forth.

    Q. Talk specifically about the upcoming tie with
    Germany. Obviously they have the top player in the
    world right now with Angie. Australia being on the
    way, will you be there for a couple of weeks or what
    is the plan?


    CAPTAIN RINALDI: In Australia are you asking about?

    Q. Facing Germany. Since it's on the way home
    from Australia, but it's two weeks, will you get with
    the team to Hawaii earlier than usual?


    CAPTAIN RINALDI: That's something that has yet to
    be planned because I need to meet with the players.
    That's my first order. I want to meet with each player. I
    want to talk with them and get a better feel, work with
    them on that.
    Certainly we want to do what's best for each player,
    what's best for their schedule. If it's best to get there a
    little bit earlier, that's what we'll do.
    I'll probably go straight from the Australian. I'll probably
    stay there and work with some of the juniors the
    second week, as well, and hopefully watch many
    Americans in the second week of the Australian Open.
    Again, that all has not been decided until I can meet
    with the players individually.

    Q. And the Germans, obviously with Angie, the top
    player..
    .

    CAPTAIN RINALDI: She had an incredible year. What
    can you say about Kerber? She's tough. She's the No.
    1 ranked player. I'm starting off with a lot of pressure
    here, but I'm up for it, the challenge. They have quite a
    few players in the top 100, girls having a good year.
    They're a solid team obviously. We need to put
    together a good, solid team, and come
    together as one. Really looking forward to it.

    Q. Katrina, obviously a big change here, but an
    important one which could potentially help the
    USTA mission for many years to come. How
    excited are you to be a part of this?


    KATRINA ADAMS: I'm extremely excited. Any time you
    are able to represent the United States, particularly in
    tennis, it's an honor. To be the lead of the organization
    right now during this change, and understanding the
    direction we're going with a multitude of new players
    coming up, in addition to the champions that we
    already have that are involved in Fed Cup competition,
    it's a new face, voice and attitude and opportunity for
    us at the USTA and for the U.S. Fed Cup team.
    I'm extremely thrilled in having Kathy at the helm at this
    time. Mary Joe did an amazing job. She's an amazing
    champion in her own right who has great respect for
    Kathy as well. I know the players of today and
    tomorrow are really looking forward to having the
    opportunity to play on the team if chosen, and to have
    that opportunity to win the Cup.

    BRENDAN McINTYRE: Thank you, everyone, once
    again for being on today's call. A special thank you to
    Katrina and Stacey for taking part. Once again, I'd like
    to congratulate Kathy Rinaldi on becoming the new
    U.S. Fed Cup captain.

    Thank you everyone.

    http://www.asaptext.com/asap_media/m...ipts/13908.pdf

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    I must admit that my tennis knowledge doesn't really begin until the mid-90's, and I have no idea who Kathy Rinaldi is.
    I don't deny myself bread. I have bread every day.

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    My concern is that she's been involved with player development for quite some time and other than Madison Keys who has come out of our system? It seems that they're going to use Fed Cup as a vehicle for training US women. I don't know how to feel about that.
    Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth (paraphrased)


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    PRESS RELEASE
    10 January 2017

    Konta heads nominations for 2017 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Zone Group I events

    World No. 10 Johanna Konta heads the nominations for the 2017 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Zone Group I events taking place on 6-11 February in the same week as the Fed Cup World Group and World Group II first round ties on 11-12 February.

    The ITF has announced the full nominations for Europe/Africa Zone Group I in Tallinn, Estonia; Americas Zone Group I in Metepec, Mexico; and Asia/Oceania Zone Group I in Astana, Kazakhstan.

    The draws for all three Zone Group I events will be held at Melbourne Park on Monday 16 January at 10am GMT.

    All nations contesting the Zone Group I events will be bidding to qualify for the Fed Cup World Group II play-offs on 22-23 April, with two teams qualifying from the Europe/Africa Zone, and one team from both the Americas and Asia/Oceania Zones.

    Eight top 50 players will contest Zone Group I events, with Great Britain’s Konta joined in Europe/Africa Zone Group I by Hungary’s Timea Babos, Croatia’s Ana Konjuh and Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko, while in Asia/Oceania Zone Group I, hosts Kazakhstan have named Yuliya Putintseva and Yaroslava Shvedova, with Japan being led by Misaki Doi and Naomi Osaka.

    Nominations for the 2016 Fed Cup World Group and World Group II first round ties on 6-7 February will be announced on Wednesday 1 February.

    Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of Tennis. It is the largest annual international team competition in women’s sport, with 107 nations entered in 2017. The competition is 54 years old having been founded in 1963. The title sponsor is BNP Paribas, the Official Bank of Fed Cup. Adecco (Official HR Sponsor) is an international sponsor, while beIN SPORTS is the Official Global Media Rights Partner. Follow all the action on www.fedcup.com, www.fedcup.com/es, www.twitter.com/fedcup, www.facebook.com/FedCup and www.Weibo.com/fedcupofficial.

    - ENDS -

    EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP I
    Venue: Tallink Tennis Centre, Tallinn, Estonia (hard – indoors)
    Dates: 8-11 February

    Austria
    Barbara Haas
    Tamira Paszek
    Julia Grabher
    Pia Konig
    Captain: Jurgen Waber

    Bosnia/Herzegovina
    Dea Herdzelas
    Jelena Simic
    Anita Husaric
    Nefisa Berberovic
    Captain: Vojin Sukalo

    Bulgaria
    Tsvetana Pironkova
    Isabella Shinikova
    Viktoriya Tomova
    Sesil Karatantcheva
    Captain: Dora Rangelova

    Croatia
    Ana Konjuh
    Donna Vekic
    Tena Lukas
    Lea Boskovic
    Captain: Iva Majoli

    Estonia
    Anett Kontaveit
    Valeria Gorlats
    Maileen Nuudi
    Maria Lota Kaul
    Captain: Marten Tamla

    Georgia
    Sofia Shapatava
    Ekaterine Gorgodze
    Mariam Bolkvadze
    Oksana Kalashnikova
    Captain: Margalita Chakhnashvili

    Great Britain
    Johanna Konta
    Heather Watson
    Laura Robson
    Jocelyn Rae
    Captain: Anne Keothavong

    Hungary
    Timea Babos
    Dalma Galfi
    Fanni Stollar
    Agnes Bukta
    Captain: Gabor Juhasz

    Israel
    Julia Glushko
    Deniz Khazaniuk
    Maya Tahan
    Shelly Krolitzky
    Captain: Tzipora Hirsh-Obziler

    Latvia
    Jelena Ostapenko
    Diana Marcinkevica
    Daniela Vismane
    Captain: Andis Juska

    Poland
    Magda Linette
    Katarzyna Piter
    Paula Kania
    Magdalena Frech
    Captain: Klaudia Jans-Ignacik

    Portugal
    Michelle Larcher de Brito
    Ines Murta
    Maria Joao Koehler
    Joana Vale Costa
    Captain: Neuza Silva

    Serbia
    Nina Stojanovic
    Ivana Jorovic
    Dejana Radanovic
    Olga Danilovic
    Captain: Tatjana Jecmenica

    Turkey
    Cagla Buyukakcay
    Ipek Soylu
    Ayla Aksu
    Pemra Ozgen
    Captain: Alaaddin Karagoz


    AMERICAS ZONE GROUP I
    Venue: Club Deportivo la Asuncion, Metepec, Mexico (hard – outdoors)
    Dates: 6-11 February

    Argentina
    Catalina Pella
    Nadia Podoroska
    Guadalupe Perez Rojas
    Maria Irigoyen
    Captain: Marcelo Gomez

    Bolivia
    Noelia Zeballos
    Hortencia Birnbaumer
    Maria-Fernanda Alvarez-Teran
    Paola Vargas
    Captain: Rolando Nieva

    Brazil
    Teliana Pereira
    Carolina Meligeni Rodrigues Alves
    Gabriela Ce
    Luisa Stefani
    Captain: Fernando Roese

    Canada
    Francoise Abanda
    Bianca Andreescu
    Charlotte Robillard-Millette
    Captain: Sylvain Bruneau

    Chile
    Daniela Seguel
    Fernanda Brito
    Barbara Gatica
    Daniela Lopez
    Captain: Jorge Ibanez Garcia

    Colombia
    Mariana Duque-Marino
    Maria Fernanda Herazo Gonzalez
    Emiliana Arango
    Maria Camila Osorio Serrano
    Captain: Catalina Castano

    Mexico
    Renata Zarazua
    Marcela Zacarias
    Giuliana Olmos
    Nazari Urbina
    Captain: Agustin Moreno

    Paraguay
    Veronica Cepede Royg
    Montserrat Gonzalez
    Camila Giangreco Campiz
    Lara Escauriza
    Captain: Alfredo de Brix

    Venezuela
    Andrea Gamiz
    Aymet Uzcategui
    Adriana Perez
    Maria Gabriela Linares de Faria
    Captain: William Campos


    ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP I
    Venue: National Tennis Centre, Astana, Kazakhstan (hard – indoors)
    Dates: 8-11 February

    China, P.R.

    Duan Ying-Ying
    Zhu Lin
    Zhang Kai-Lin
    Yang Zhaoxuan
    Captain: Wang Peng

    India
    Ankita Raina
    Karman Kaur Thandi
    Snehadevi S Reddy
    Sania Mirza
    Captain: Nandan Bal

    Japan
    Misaki Doi
    Naomi Osaka
    Eri Hozumi
    Shuko Aoyama
    Captain: Toshihisa Tsuchihashi

    Kazakhstan
    Yuliya Putintseva
    Yaroslava Shvedova
    Galina Voskoboeva
    Kamila Kerimbayeva
    Captain: Dias Doskarayev

    Korea, Republic
    Jang Su Jeong
    Han Na-Lae
    Kim Nari
    Choi Ji-Hee
    Captain: Kim Jin Hee

    Philippines
    Katharina Lehnert
    Anna Clarice Patrimonio
    Khim Iglupas
    Playing captain: Czarina-Mae Arevalo

    Thailand
    Luksika Kumkhum
    Peangtarn Plipuech
    Nicha Lertpitaksinchai
    Kamonwan Buayam
    Captain: Tamarine Tanasugarn

  9. #9

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    SEBOV CALLED UP AS ABANDA WITHDRAWS FROM FED CUP BY BNP PARIBAS


    Montréal, January 31, 2017 – On Tuesday, Tennis Canada announced that Françoise Abanda (Montréal, QC) is suffering from a back injury that has forced her to withdraw from the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Americas Zone Group 1 event, which will be held in Metepec, Mexico from February 6 to 12. Captain Sylvain Bruneau has called up Katherine Sebov (Toronto, ON) as a substitute. She will join forces with Bianca Vanessa Andreescu (Mississauga, ON) and Charlotte Robillard-Millette (Blainville, QC) to represent Canada.

    “It’s unfortunate that Françoise will miss the event, especially since she has always done well in Fed Cup,” said Bruneau. “Katherine is part of the next generation of young players and has recently had excellent results at the professional level. This will be her first Fed Cup appearance and I’m very happy to have her join our team.”

    Sebov will indeed be making her Fed Cup début. The 18-year-old is currently ranked world no.545 and rose as high as no.22 in the junior rankings in 2015. Just a few weeks ago, she reached the semifinals of the Orlando Challenger, which awards $25 000 in prize money.

    Canada will therefore be counting on its up-and-comers more than ever since the squad will be made up of players who are still eligible to play at the junior level. Along with Sebov (18 years old), Andreescu (16 years old) will also be playing in her first Fed Cup. Robillard-Millette (18 years old) is the veteran: she joined the team at two events in the past two years.

    In 2016, Canada lost in the first round of World Group II against Belarus and then fell to Slovakia in a World Group II playoff. The loss downgraded the team to Americas Zone Group I.

    The participating countries will be divided into two groups of four and five teams. The winning countries in each group will go head-to-head for a World Group II berth at a qualifying event in April 2017. The two countries at the bottom will play in Americas Zone Group II in 2018. Canada is in group A and will be up against Bolivia, Paraguay and Venezuela.

    About Fed Cup by BNP Paribas

    Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of Tennis. It is the largest annual international team competition in women’s sport, with 107 nations entered in 2017. The competition is 54 years old having been founded in 1963. The title sponsor is BNP Paribas, the Official Bank of Fed Cup. Adecco (Official HR Sponsor) is an international sponsor, while beIN SPORTS is the Official Global Media Rights Partner. Follow all the action on www.fedcup.com, www.fedcup.com/es, www.twitter.com/fedcup, https://www.facebook.com/FedCup and www.Weibo.com/fedcupofficial

    About Tennis Canada

    Founded in 1890, Tennis Canada is a non-profit, national sport association with a mission to lead the growth of tennis in Canada and a vision to become a world-leading tennis nation. We value teamwork, passion, integrity, innovation and excellence. Tennis Canada owns and operates the premier Rogers Cup presented by National Bank WTA and ATP World Tour events, 8 professional ITF sanctioned events and financially supports 15 other professional tournaments in Canada. Tennis Canada operates junior national training centres/programs in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. Tennis Canada is a proud member of the International Tennis Federation, the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Paralympic Committee and the International Wheelchair Tennis Association, and serves to administer, sponsor and select the teams for Davis Cup, Fed Cup, the Olympic and Paralympic Games and all wheelchair, junior and senior national teams. Tennis Canada invests its surplus into tennis development. For more information on Tennis Canada please visit our Web site at: www.tenniscanada.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.



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    No word on US team yet?
    Sometimes you're the windshield, sometimes you're the bug.

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    Italy put Giorgi on a calm period: http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2017/...eration/63862/

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    AUSTRALIAN OPEN SEMIFINALIST COCO VANDEWEGHE,
    TOP 50 PLAYERS ALISON RISKE AND SHELBY ROGERS,
    AND WORLD DOUBLES NO. 1 BETHANIE MATTEK-SANDS
    TO FACE GERMANY IN THE FED CUP BY BNP PARIBAS
    WORLD GROUP FIRST ROUND IN MAUI, FEBRUARY 11-12


    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Feb. 1, 2017 – The USTA and United States Fed Cup Captain Kathy Rinaldi today announced that 2017 Australian Open semifinalist and world No. 20 CoCo Vandeweghe, No. 38 Alison Riske, No. 48 Shelby Rogers, and world No. 1 doubles player and 2017 Australian Open women’s doubles champion Bethanie Mattek-Sands will represent the U.S. in the 2017 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group First Round against Germany.

    The best-of-five match series will be played at the Royal Lahaina Resort in Maui, Hawaii, Feb. 11-12.

    The winner of this matchup will advance to face either the Czech Republic or Spain in the World Group Semifinals, held April 22-23, for a chance to compete for the 2017 Fed Cup title. The losing nation will compete in the World Group Playoffs in April to remain in the World Group for 2018. The U.S. will be competing in the World Group for the first time since 2014.

    Germany’s Fed Cup Captain Barbara Rittner named No. 36 Laura Siegemund, No. 52 Andrea Petkovic, No. 57 Julia Goerges,and No. 77 Carina Witthoeft to face Team USA.

    “I can’t be happier to have Coco, Shelby, Ali, and Bethanie on my team for my first Fed Cup," said Rinaldi, who is making her debut as U.S. Fed Cup Captain. “Coco has entered the Top 20 for the first time and had a fantastic Australian Open. Shelby recently upset world No. 4 Simona Halep in Australia and Ali had a Top 10 win over Agnieszka Radwanska earlier this year, so both ladies are playing great tennis. It is also a huge advantage to have the top-ranked doubles player in the world with Bethanie. We look forward to competing against Germany, who also brings a strong team. It will be an exciting tie and we are thrilled to bring tennis back to Hawaii and play in front of our home crowd. Hawaii is a perfect place to start our year and my captaincy."

    Play begins on Saturday, Feb. 11, with two singles matches featuring each country’s No. 1 player against the other country’s No. 2 player. Sunday’s schedule features two “reverse singles” matches, where the No. 1 players square off and then the No. 2 players meet, followed by the doubles match. Play on Saturday begins at 11 a.m. HST and on Sunday at 10 a.m. HST. Tennis Channel will present daily coverage.

    Tickets are available and may be purchased by visiting www.usta.com/fedcup. Prices for single-day tickets for Saturday or Sunday range from $30 to $100 per day.

    The U.S. holds an 8-5 head-to-head record over Germany in Fed Cup. The U.S. last faced Germany in the 2011 World Group Playoffs in Stuttgart, Germany, where Germans swept the Americans, 5-0. The U.S. last defeated Germany in the 2008 World Group First Round in La Jolla, Calif., 4-1.

    2017 will be the second consecutive year that Hawaii will host Fed Cup, making this the first time a state has hosted consecutive Fed Cup home ties. Hawaii became the 16th state to host Fed Cup last year, when Kailua-Kona held the World Group II First Round against Poland, in which the U.S. team of Venus Williams, Sloane Stephens, Vandeweghe and Mattek-Sands swept Poland, 4-0. The USTA has partnered with the USTA Hawaii Pacific Section, Hawaii Tourism Authority, Royal Lahaina Resort, Kaanapali Beach Resort Association and Maui Visitors Bureau to bring this event to Maui.

    In addition, the USTA announced last month a long-term and wide-ranging agreement with Deloitte, one of the world’s leading professional services organization. As part of the agreement, Deloitte will sponsor both the U.S. Davis Cup and U.S. Fed Cup teams. As a sponsor of Davis Cup and Fed Cup, Deloitte’s logo will be featured on U.S. team warm-up jackets; Deloitte will also support U.S. Team Events in markets where the competitions are being held.

    Vandeweghe, 25, is ranked a career-high No. 20 in the world after advancing to the semifinals of the 2017 Australian Open—her career-best Grand Slam result. In Australia, she upset three seeded players, including then-world No. 1 Angelique Kerber, before falling to Venus Williams in the semifinals. Vandeweghe also advanced to the quarterfinals of Wimbledon in 2015. Vandeweghe holds two WTA singles titles, both won in ‘s’Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, in 2014 and 2016. She represented the U.S. in the 2016 Rio Olympics in women’s doubles and advanced to the doubles semifinals at the 2015 and 2016 US Open and the quarterfinals at the 2016 Australian Open, while winning her first WTA doubles title at Indian Wells in 2016 with Mattek-Sands. Vandeweghe has played in four Fed Cup ties for the U.S., holding a 3-0 record in doubles and a 1-3 record in singles. As a junior player, Vandeweghe won the 2008 US Open girls’ singles title. Her mother, Tauna, was a member of the U.S. national team in both swimming and volleyball, and her uncle is former NBA star Kiki Vandeweghe.

    Riske, 26, is ranked a career-high No. 38 in the world after a strong start to 2017, highlighted by reaching her fifth career WTA singles final in Shenzhen and advancing to the third round of the Australian Open. She holds one WTA singles title, won in 2014 in Tianjin, China. Her career-best Grand Slam result came in 2013, when she defeated then-world No. 7 Petra Kvitova en route to the fourth round of the US Open. Riske represented the U.S. in Fed Cup in 2014 and 2015.

    Rogers, 24, is making her Fed Cup debut and is ranked a career-high No. 48 in the world after reaching the quarterfinals at the Australian Open tune-up event in Hobart, Australia, and then upsetting No. 4 seed Simona Halep in the first round of the Australian Open. Rogers reached her first career Grand Slam quarterfinal at the 2016 French Open, upsetting three seeds en route. Also in 2016, she reached her second career WTA final at the Rio Open. As a junior player, Rogers won the USTA Girls’ 18s National Championships to earn a wild card into the main draw of the 2010 US Open for her first appearance in a Grand Slam.

    Mattek-Sands, 31, became the No. 1-ranked doubles player in the world in January 2017 after winning the Brisbane doubles title. She then went on to win the 2017 Australian Open women’s doubles title with Lucie Safarova for her 24th career doubles title and fourth women’s doubles Grand Slam crown. Mattek-Sands also won the Australian Open and French Open women’s doubles titles in 2015 and the US Open in 2016—all with Safarova. In mixed doubles, Mattek-Sands captured the gold medal with Jack Sock at the 2016 Rio Olympics and holds two Grand Slam mixed doubles titles (2012 Australian Open with Horia Tecau and 2015 French Open with Mike Bryan). In singles, Mattek-Sands has played in 15 US Opens and reached the fourth round of Wimbledon in 2008 and the French Open in 2013. In 2011, she was ranked a career-high No. 30 in the world in singles before being sidelined by a rotator cuff injury. Mattek-Sands holds a 5-0 record in Fed Cup doubles and a 2-6 record in singles, playing in seven ties. In the 2010 Fed Cup semifinal, with the U.S. trailing Russia 2-1, Mattek-Sands won the fourth singles match to force the decisive doubles rubber and then partnered with Liezel Huber to win the doubles match and clinch a spot in the final for the U.S. Mattek-Sands then went on to face Italy in the 2010 final—the United States’ last appearance in a Fed Cup final.

    The U.S. leads all nations with 17 Fed Cup titles, the last coming in 2000. The U.S. is 38-6 all-time in Fed Cup ties played at home and holds an overall 146-36 record. For more information, including access to player and historical Fed Cup records, please go to www.usta.com/fedcup or www.fedcup.com. Follow the U.S. Fed Cup team on Facebook @USTA, on Twitter @USTA, and on Instagram @USTA. Wilson is the official ball of the U.S. Fed Cup team. Deloitte is the official team sponsor of the U.S. Fed Cup Team for the first time in 2017.

    # # #

    The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level -- from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. A not-for-profit organization with more than 715,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, the highest-attended annual sporting event in the world, and launched the Emirates Airline US Open Series, linking seven summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns approximately 90 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S. and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA’s philanthropic entity, the USTA Foundation, provides grants and scholarships and helps under-resourced youth and individuals with disabilities, and supports wounded, ill and injured service members, veterans and their families. For more information on the USTA, log on to usta.com, “like” the official Facebook page, facebook.com/usta, or follow @usta on Twitter.

    **As used in this document, “Deloitte” means one or more of Deloitte USA LLP, Deloitte LLP and their respective subsidiaries. Please see www.deloitte.com/us/about for a detailed description of the legal structure of Deloitte USA LLP, Deloitte LLP and their respective subsidiaries. Certain services may not be available to attest clients under the rules and regulations of public accounting.

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    PRESS RELEASE
    1 February 2017

    Nominations announced for Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group and World Group II ties

    The ITF has announced the official team nominations for the 2017 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group and World Group II first round ties taking place on 11-12 February.

    Three Zone Group I events are also taking place on 6-11 February: Europe/Africa Zone Group I in Tallinn, Estonia; Americas Zone Group I in Metepec, Mexico; and Asia/Oceania Zone Group I in Astana, Kazakhstan.

    All nations contesting the Zone Group I events will be bidding to qualify for the Fed Cup World Group II play-offs on 22-23 April, with two teams qualifying from the Europe/Africa Zone, and one team from both the Americas and Asia/Oceania Zones.

    Live scoring will be available on the official Fed Cup website throughout the week. The English and Spanish websites will both feature a live blog, reports, photographs, audio interviews and exclusive video content.

    Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of Tennis. It is the largest annual international team competition in women’s sport, with 107 nations entered in 2017. The competition is 54 years old having been founded in 1963. The title sponsor is BNP Paribas, the Official Bank of Fed Cup. Adecco (Official HR Sponsor) is an international sponsor, while beIN SPORTS is the Official Global Media Rights Partner. Follow all the action on www.fedcup.com, www.fedcup.com/es, www.twitter.com/fedcup, www.facebook.com/FedCup and www.Weibo.com/fedcupofficial.

    - ENDS -

    WORLD GROUP FIRST ROUND

    CZECH REPUBLIC v SPAIN
    Venue: Ostravar Arena, Ostrava, CZE (hard - indoor)


    Czech Republic
    Karolina Pliskova
    Barbora Strycova
    Katerina Siniakova
    Lucie Safarova
    Captain: Petr Pala

    Spain
    Garbine Muguruza
    Lara Arruabarrena
    Sara Sorribes Tormo
    Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez
    Captain: Conchita Martinez

    USA v GERMANY
    Venue: Royal Lahaina Resort, Maui, USA (hard - outdoor)


    USA
    CoCo Vandeweghe
    Alison Riske
    Shelby Rogers
    Bethanie Mattek-Sands
    Captain: Kathy Rinaldi

    Germany
    Laura Siegemund
    Andrea Petkovic
    Julia Goerges
    Carina Witthoeft
    Captain: Barbara Rittner

    BELARUS v NETHERLANDS
    Venue: Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk, BLR (hard - indoor)


    Belarus
    Aliaksandra Sasnovich
    Aryna Sabalenka
    Olga Govortsova
    Vera Lapko
    Captain: Eduard Dubrou

    Netherlands
    Kiki Bertens
    Cindy Burger
    Arantxa Rus
    Michaella Krajicek
    Captain: Paul Haarhuis

    SWITZERLAND v FRANCE
    Venue: Palexpo, Geneva, SUI (hard - indoor)


    Switzerland
    Timea Bacsinszky
    Viktorija Golubic
    Belinda Bencic
    Martina Hingis
    Captain: Heinz Guenthardt

    France
    Alize Cornet
    Kristina Mladenovic
    Pauline Parmentier
    Captain: Yannick Noah


    WORLD GROUP II FIRST ROUND

    RUSSIA v CHINESE TAIPEI
    Venue: Druzhba Sport Complex, Moscow, RUS (hard - indoor)


    Russia
    Ekaterina Makarova
    Natalia Vikhlyantseva
    Anna Blinkova
    Anna Kalinskaya
    Captain: Anastasia Myskina

    Chinese Taipei
    Chang Kai-Chen
    Lee Ya-Hsuan
    Hsu Ching-Wen
    Chan Chin-Wei
    Captain: Wang Shi-Ting

    ROMANIA v BELGIUM
    Venue: Sala Polivalenta, Bucharest, ROU (hard - indoor)


    Romania
    Simona Halep
    Irina-Camelia Begu
    Monica Niculescu
    Sorana Cirstea
    Captain: Ilie Nastase

    Belgium
    Yanina Wickmayer
    Kirsten Flipkens
    Elise Mertens
    Maryna Zanevska
    Captain: Dominique Monami

    UKRAINE v AUSTRALIA
    Venue: Palace of Sports 'Lokomotiv', Kharkiv, UKR (hard - indoor)


    Ukraine
    Elina Svitolina
    Lesia Tsurenko
    Olga Savchuk
    Nadiia Kichenok
    Captain: Mikhail Filima

    Australia
    Daria Gavrilova
    Ashleigh Barty
    Arina Rodionova
    Casey Dellacqua
    Captain: Alicia Molik

    ITALY v SLOVAKIA
    Venue: PalaGalassi, Forlì, ITA (clay - indoor)


    Italy
    Sara Errani
    Francesca Schiavone
    Jasmine Paolini
    Martina Trevisan
    Captain: Tathiana Garbin

    Slovakia
    Jana Cepelova
    Rebecca Sramkova
    Daniela Hantuchova
    Anna Karolina Schmiedlova
    Captain: Matej Liptak

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    Re: 2017 Fed Cup Draws, OoP & Discussion


    British Fed Cup Team


    Turkey's Fed Cup Team


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    Team Austria


    Belgium's Fed Cup Team
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    Re: 2017 Fed Cup Draws, OoP & Discussion

    STRONG CZECH TEAM HEADLINES FED CUP FIRST ROUND
    01 Feb 2017

    A formidable Czech team will begin its title defence against Garbine Muguruza's Spain in the pick of the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group and World Group II first round ties this weekend

    Defending champions Czech Republic have named a strong team to host what will be a serious challenge from Conchita Martinez's Spanish side in Ostrava.

    World No. 3 Karolina Pliskova spearheads Petr Pala's side, which also includes Barbora Strycova, Katerina Siniakova and Lucie Safarova.

    But the Czechs will have it all to do against a Spanish team that will be led by world No. 7 Garbine Muguruza, as well as Lara Arruabarrena, Sara Sorribes Tormo and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez.

    Last year's Fed Cup runners-up, France, have named the same team that lost in the 2016 Final with the exception of Caroline Garcia, who has chosen not to play.

    Alize Cornet, Kristina Mladenovic and Pauline Parmentier face a stern test on Swiss soil as Heinz Guenthardt has put forward his strongest side.

    Timea Bacsinszky, Viktorija Golubic, Belind Bencic and Martina Hingis will be looking to go one better than last year when they were pipped 3-2 in a close semifinal against the Czechs.

    USA and Germany will both be without their No. 1 players, but Australian Open semifinalist CoCo Vandeweghe will be looking to lead her side to victory in Hawaii.

    The Germans, without Angelique Kerber, will be reliant on Laura Siegemund and Andrea Petkovic in singles.

    Belarus and Netherlands go head-to-head in an unlikely World Group first round tie. There will be no Victoria Azarenka for the hosts as the former Grand Slam champ is not back on the court having had a baby.

    Paul Haarhuis' Dutch team is notorious for rising to the occasion in Fed Cup and Kiki Bertens and co will be looking to reach the semifinals for the second straight year.

    As well as the World Group and World Group II action, this week will also see three Zone Group I events take place on 6-11 February: Europe/Africa Zone Group I in Tallinn, Estonia; Americas Zone Group I in Metepec, Mexico; and Asia/Oceania Zone Group I in Astana, Kazakhstan.

    All nations contesting the Zone Group I events will be bidding to qualify for the Fed Cup World Group II play-offs on 22-23 April, with two teams qualifying from the Europe/Africa Zone, and one team from both the Americas and Asia/Oceania Zones.

    The full team nominations for the World Group and World Group II ties are listed below:

    WORLD GROUP FIRST ROUND

    CZECH REPUBLIC v SPAIN

    Venue: Ostravar Arena, Ostrava, CZE (hard - indoor)

    Czech Republic
    Karolina Pliskova
    Barbora Strycova
    Katerina Siniakova
    Lucie Safarova
    Captain: Petr Pala

    Spain
    Garbine Muguruza
    Lara Arruabarrena
    Sara Sorribes Tormo
    Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez
    Captain: Conchita Martinez

    USA v GERMANY
    Venue: Royal Lahaina Resort, Maui, USA (hard - outdoor)

    USA
    CoCo Vandeweghe
    Alison Riske
    Shelby Rogers
    Bethanie Mattek-Sands
    Captain: Kathy Rinaldi

    Germany
    Laura Siegemund
    Andrea Petkovic
    Julia Goerges
    Carina Witthoeft
    Captain: Barbara Rittner

    BELARUS v NETHERLANDS
    Venue: Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk, BLR (hard - indoor)

    Belarus
    Aliaksandra Sasnovich
    Aryna Sabalenka
    Olga Govortsova
    Vera Lapko
    Captain: Eduard Dubrou

    Netherlands
    Kiki Bertens
    Cindy Burger
    Arantxa Rus
    Michaella Krajicek
    Captain: Paul Haarhuis

    SWITZERLAND v FRANCE
    Venue: Palexpo, Geneva, SUI (hard - indoor)

    Switzerland
    Timea Bacsinszky
    Viktorija Golubic
    Belinda Bencic
    Martina Hingis
    Captain: Heinz Guenthardt

    France
    Alize Cornet
    Kristina Mladenovic
    Pauline Parmentier
    Captain: Yannick Noah

    WORLD GROUP II FIRST ROUND

    RUSSIA v CHINESE TAIPEI

    Venue: Druzhba Sport Complex, Moscow, RUS (hard - indoor)

    Russia
    Ekaterina Makarova
    Natalia Vikhlyantseva
    Anna Blinkova
    Anna Kalinskaya
    Captain: Anastasia Myskina

    Chinese Taipei
    Chang Kai-Chen
    Lee Ya-Hsuan
    Hsu Ching-Wen
    Chan Chin-Wei
    Captain: Wang Shi-Ting

    ROMANIA v BELGIUM
    Venue: Sala Polivalenta, Bucharest, ROU (hard - indoor)

    Romania
    Simona Halep
    Irina-Camelia Begu
    Monica Niculescu
    Sorana Cirstea
    Captain: Ilie Nastase

    Belgium
    Yanina Wickmayer
    Kirsten Flipkens
    Elise Mertens
    Maryna Zanevska
    Captain: Dominique Monami

    UKRAINE v AUSTRALIA
    Venue: Palace of Sports 'Lokomotiv', Kharkiv, UKR (hard - indoor)

    Ukraine
    Elina Svitolina
    Lesia Tsurenko
    Olga Savchuk
    Nadiia Kichenok
    Captain: Mikhail Filima

    Australia
    Daria Gavrilova
    Ashleigh Barty
    Arina Rodionova
    Casey Dellacqua
    Captain: Alicia Molik

    ITALY v SLOVAKIA
    Venue: PalaGalassi, Forlì, ITA (clay - indoor)

    Italy
    Sara Errani
    Francesca Schiavone
    Jasmine Paolini
    Martina Trevisan
    Captain: Tathiana Garbin

    Slovakia
    Jana Cepelova
    Rebecca Sramkova
    Daniela Hantuchova
    Anna Karolina Schmiedlova
    Captain: Matej Liptak

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