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    Fed Cup 2018 Draws, Oop, & Discussion



    GRAND SLAM CHAMPIONS SERENA AND VENUS WILLIAMSAND 2017 US OPEN SEMIFINALIST COCO VANDEWEGHETO FACE THE NETHERLANDS IN THE FED CUP BY BNP PARIBASWORLD GROUP FIRST ROUND IN ASHEVILLE, N.C., FEB. 10-11
    Fourth member of Team USA to be Announced Next Week
    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Jan. 23, 2018 – The USTA and United States Fed Cup Captain Kathy Rinaldi today announced that former world No. 1 and 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, fellow former world No. 1 and seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams, and 2017 US Open and Australian Open semifinalist and world No. 9 CoCo Vandeweghe will represent the U.S. in the 2018 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group First Round against the Netherlands. The best-of-five match series will be played at the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, N.C.,Feb. 10-11, on an indoor hard court. This is the first time that Asheville is hosting Fed Cup. The U.S. team comes to the city after winning its record 18th Fed Cup title in November against Belarus, 3-2, in Minsk. This was the U.S.’s first Fed Cup title since 2000.Captain Rinaldi will announce the final member of the four-player roster next week. The Netherlands team will also be announced next week.Play begins on both Saturday, Feb. 10, and Sunday, Feb. 11, at 12:30 p.m. ET. On Saturday, two singles matches will take place. On Sunday, play will continue with two reverse singles matches and the doubles match. A revised schedule for Sunday may take place if a team clinches in the third or fourth match. Tennis Channel will present live daily coverage.Limited tickets are still available and may be purchased by visiting www.usta.com/fedcup or by calling 888-334-USTA (8782). Both single-day and two-day ticket packages are available. Two-day ticket packages for both Saturday and Sunday range from $50 to $190 ($25 to $95 per day), representing the greatest initial ticket value. Single-day tickets forSaturday or Sunday play are available from $30 to $100 per day. While tickets are going fast, numerous community events will take place over Fed Cup week to celebrate the team coming to Asheville, which will be announced at a later date.Local tie sponsors for Fed Cup in Asheville include Ingles, Skyland Automotive, Omni Grove Park, Charter Spectrum, New Belgium Brewing, Citizen, and ExploreAshevile.com.The U.S. Fed Cup team has played in North Carolina on three prior occasions, holding a 2-1 record in the state. The U.S. competed last in North Carolina in 2002, in Charlotte at the Olde Providence Racquet Club. The team also played in Raleigh in 1999 at the Raleigh Racquet Club, as well as in Wilmington in 1995 at Trask Coliseum.The U.S. holds a 6-2 head-to-head record over the Netherlands in Fed Cup play. The U.S. last faced the Netherlands in the 1998 World Group First Round in Kiawah Island, S.C., sweeping the tie, 5-0. The Americans’ only losses to the Dutch came in 1968 and 1997.World No. 5 Venus Williams, 37, continues to be at the top of her game, reaching the final of Wimbledon and the Australian Open in 2017 with a semifinal showing at the US Open. Last year, Williams had the 13th Top 10 season of her career and finished 2017 in the Top 5 for the first time since 2010. In 2013, Williams re-entered the Top 20 for the first time since revealing that she had been diagnosed with Sjogren’s Syndrome, an autoimmune disorder. Williams is a seven-time Grand Slam singles champion and has won 49 career WTA singles titles. She has been ranked No. 1 in both singles and doubles. Williams holds a 23-4 overall record in Fed Cup competition, including a 19-2 record in singles, and was a member of the title-winning team in 1999. She is competing in her first Fed Cup tie since February 2016. InOlympic play, Williams has won three gold medals in doubles (with Serena) in 2000, 2008 and 2012, and she captured the singles gold medal in 2000. Follow @venuswilliams on Instagram and @Venuseswilliams on Twitter.Vandeweghe, 26, of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., is ranked a career-high No. 9 in the world. Vandeweghe made Fed Cup history last year by going 8-0 in singles and doubles play to lead the U.S. team to its 18th Fed Cup championship. With six singles wins in 2017, Vandeweghe became the first American ever, since the World Group format was instituted in 1995, to win all six Fed Cup singles matches in one year. She was also the first player to win eight rubbers (six singles, two doubles) in a Fed Cup year since 1995 and only the third player in Fed Cup history to win three rubbers in a Fed Cup Final (two singles and one doubles). Vandeweghe has played in seven Fed Cup ties, holding a 7-3 singles record and a 5-0 doubles record. She reached the semifinals of both the 2017 US Open and Australian Open—her career-best Grand Slam results—and broke into the Top 10 for the first time in November. Vandeweghe also advanced to the quarterfinals of Wimbledon in 2015. She holds two WTA singles titles, both won in the Netherlands, in 2014 and 2016, as well as two doubles titles (Indian Wells in 2016 with Mattek-Sands, Stanford in 2017 with Abigail Spears). She competed in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio in women’s doubles and advanced to the doubles semifinals at the 2015 and 2016 US Open. 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. Follow @cocovandey on Instagram and @CoCoVandey on Twitter.World No. 22 Serena Williams, 36, is competing in her first event since the 2017 Australian Open and since giving birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia in September. Williams won her 23rd Grand Slam title at her last Australian Open while pregnant and now holds the record for the most Grand Slam singles titles in the Open Era. Williams has won 72 WTA singles titles and has finished a season ranked No. 1 five times in her career, the last coming in 2015. She has also been ranked No. 1 in doubles in her career, holding 23 doubles titles with Venus, including 14 Grand Slam women’s doubles titles. In 2012, Williams captured the Olympic gold medal in singles and women’s doubles with Venus in London. With the Olympic singles win, Williams joined Steffi Graf as the only women to complete the career Golden Slam—the Olympics and the four Grand Slam events—and she is the only person to accomplish the feat in both singles and doubles. Williams holds a 13-0 singles record and 3-1 doubles record in Fed Cup competition, last playing in the 2015 Fed Cup World Group II First Round against Argentina in Buenos Aires. She also helped the U.S. capture the 1999 Fed Cup title. Follow@serenawilliams on Instagram and @serenawilliams on Twitter.Fed Cup is the world’s largest annual international team competition in women’s sport, with approximately 100 nations taking part each year. The U.S. holds an overall 149-36 record in Fed Cup competition with a 40-6 record in home ties. For more information, including access to player and historical Fed Cup records, please go to www.usta.com/fedcup orwww.fedcup.com. Keep up with Team USA using hashtag #TeamUSATennis 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.

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    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, one of the highest-attended annual sporting events in the world, and launched the US Open Series, linking seven summer WTA and ATP World Tour 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 in addition to supporting tennis and education programs nationwide to benefit under-resourced youth through the National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) network. For more information about the USTA, go to USTA.com or follow the official accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat.

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    Fed Cup Draw

    2018 World Group

    First round (10-11 February)


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

    [#] = USA given choice to host tie as 2017 finalist nation (USTA to confirm by 4 October)

    2018 World Group II

    First round (10-11 February)


    Slovakia [c] v Russia [s]
    Australia [c] v Ukraine [s]
    Romania [s] [c] v Canada
    Italy [s] [c] v Spain

    Key
    [s] = seeded nation
    [c] = choice of ground[*] = choice of ground decided by lot
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




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    Zhao, Andreescu, Sebov and Dabrowski will represent Canada at Fed Cup by BNP Paribas in Cluj-Napoca
    Canada will face Romania in the World Group II first round tie, February 10 and 11, at the Sala Polivalenta Cluj-Napoca, in Cluj-Napoca

    Montreal, January 31, 2018 – Tennis Canada announced on Wednesday that Carol Zhao (Richmond Hill, ON), Bianca Andreescu (Mississauga, ON), Katherine Sebov (Toronto, ON) and Gabriela Dabrowski (Ottawa, ON) were selected by captain Sylvain Bruneau to face Romania in the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group II first round tie, which will take place February 10 and 11, at the Sala Polivalenta Cluj-Napoca, in Cluj-Napoca.

    “Although we have a relatively young team for this important tie, we are confident that we can compete with the best nations in the world. Our players have demonstrated their tenacity and desire to win, especially last April when they beat a higher ranked and more experienced Kazakh team,” stated Bruneau. “All the girls on the team had standout 2017 seasons and are looking to continue their success on the courts in Romania. We are aware of the tough task ahead, as we prepare to face a very skilled opponent.”

    Zhao, the highest ranked Canadian singles player on the team (no. 143), will be playing in only her second Fed Cup tie, her lone appearance coming in 2016 against Belarus. The young Canadian moved up over 300 spots in the WTA rankings last year while also taking home the biggest title of her career at the $100,000 Shenzhen Challenger in China. Zhao is a former standout NCAA player at Stanford University, where she was ranked no. 1 on the NCAA division I preseason rankings in 2015.

    Andreescu will be competing in her sixth Fed Cup tie, where she holds a record of 7 wins and only 1 loss. The 17-year-old Canadian is coming off a career year in 2017, which saw her claim two junior Grand Slam doubles titles, make her Grand Slam debut at Wimbledon and be named WTA Breakthrough of the Month for July following her run to the quarter-finals in Washington, eliminating world no. 13 Kristina Mladenovic along the way. Currently ranked no. 182, Andreescu earned the clinching win over Kazakhstan in the World Group II play-off last year.

    Sebov will be representing Canada at Fed Cup for a fifth tie, having been a member of the team during the Americas Zone Group I play-off and the World Group II play-off in 2017. Last summer, she played in her first final on the ITF Pro Circuit at the Granby National Bank Challenger, notably eliminating the tournament’s top seed, compatriot Bianca Andreescu, in the second round.

    Currently ranked world no. 11 in doubles, Dabrowski is playing in her 10th Fed Cup tie. Last year, she made history by becoming the first Canadian woman to win a Grand Slam when she captured the mixed doubles title at the French Open in June. Last weekend, she doubled her Grand Slam title count when she was crowned mixed doubles champion at the Australian Open. Her career-best 2017 season culminated in her qualification for the season-ending WTA Finals as one of the Top 8 doubles teams in the WTA. She holds six career doubles titles, one of which she won earlier this year in Australia.

    Canada will face Romania for the third time in Fed Cup history, with Romania winning both ties in 1983 and more recently in 2015. Romania will be the seeded nation in the upcoming tie by virtue of its rank of no. 11 in the Fed Cup rankings – Canada is 14th. The winner of this tie will book a spot in the World Group play-off, while the loser will have to take part in the World Group II play-off to maintain their place in World Group II for 2019.

    The Canadian team is competing in the World Group II for the first time since February 2016. The nation’s best results in Fed Cup have been reaching the semi-finals in 1988 and the quarter-finals on three occasions, in 1964, 1967 and 1987.

    In their World Group II play-off tie last April, Romania was represented by Simona Halep, Irina-Camelia Begu, Monica Niculescu and Sorana Cirstea.

    Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is the largest annual team competition in women’s sport, with 98 countries participating in 2018. The competition is 55 years old, having been founded in 1963.

    MATCH SCHEDULE*

    Saturday, February 10, starting at 1:00 pm, local time (6:00 am ET)
    Two singles matches
    Player 1 from Canada vs. Player 2 from Romania
    Player 2 from Canada vs. Player 1 from Romania

    Sunday, February 11, starting at 12:00 pm, local time (5:00 am ET)
    Two singles matches followed by a doubles match
    Player 1 from Canada vs. Player 1 from Romania
    Player 2 from Canada vs. Player 2 from Romania
    Doubles team from Canada vs. Doubles team from Romania

    *The official draw on February 9 will determine the weekend match-ups. All matches are best-of-three sets. If the tie has already been decided after the first three matches (3-0), there will be no fourth singles match and the doubles match will be played instead using the best-of-three format with no advantage and a third set super tiebreak (first to 10 points). If the tie is decided after the first four matches (3-1), the doubles match will be played using the best-of-three format with no advantage and a third set super tiebreak (first to 10 points).

    The tie will be broadcast live on Sportsnet Now.

    About Fed Cup
    Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of Tennis. It is the largest annual international team competition in women’s sport, with 98 nations entered in 2018. The competition is 55 years old, having been founded in 1963. The title sponsor is BNP Paribas (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 and www.fedcup.com/es

    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.

    -30-

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    PRESS RELEASE
    31 January 2018

    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 2018 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World
    Group and World Group II first round ties taking place on 10-11 February.
    Three Zone Group I events and one Zone Group II event is also taking place on 6-10 February:
    Europe/Africa Zone Group I in Tallinn, Estonia; Americas Zone Group I in Asuncion, Paraguay;
    Asia/Oceania Zone Group I in New Delhi, India; and Asia/Oceania Zone Group II in Isa Town,
    Bahrain.

    All nations contesting the Zone Group I events will be bidding to qualify for the Fed Cup World Group
    II play-offs on 21-22 April, with two teams qualifying from the Europe/Africa Zone, and one team from
    both the Americas and Asia/Oceania Zones.

    Live scoring and live streaming 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 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 99 nations entered in 2018. The competition is 55 years old,
    having been founded in 1963. The title sponsor is BNP Paribas (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, www.instagram.com/fedcuptennis,
    www.weibo.com/fedcupofficial, video.fedcup.com and live.fedcup.com

    - ENDS -

    WORLD GROUP FIRST ROUND

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

    Belarus

    Aliaksandra Sasnovich
    Aryna Sabalenka
    Vera Lapko
    Lidziya Marozava
    Captain: Eduard Dubrou

    Germany

    Tatjana Maria
    Anna-Lena Friedsam
    Anna-Lena Groenefeld
    Captain: Jens Gerlach

    CZECH REPUBLIC v SWITZERLAND
    Venue: O2 Arena, Prague, CZE (hard - indoor)

    Czech Republic

    Karolina Pliskova
    Barbora Strycova
    Petra Kvitova
    Lucie Safarova
    Captain: Petr Pala

    Switzerland

    Timea Bacsinszky
    Belinda Bencic
    Viktorija Golubic
    Jil Teichmann
    Captain: Heinz Guenthardt

    FRANCE v BELGIUM
    Venue: Vendéspace, LA ROCHE SUR YON, FRA (hard - indoor)

    France

    Kristina Mladenovic
    Pauline Parmentier
    Amandine Hesse
    Captain: Yannick Noah

    Belgium

    Elise Mertens
    Kirsten Flipkens
    Alison Van Uytvanck
    Ysaline Bonaventure
    Captain: Dominique Monami

    USA v NETHERLANDS
    Venue: US Cellular Arena, Asheville, USA (hard - indoor)

    Netherlands

    Richel Hogenkamp
    Arantxa Rus
    Lesley Kerkhove
    Demi Schuurs
    Captain: Paul Haarhuis


    USA
    Venus Williams
    Coco Vandeweghe
    Lauren Davis
    Serena Williams
    Captain: Kathy Rinaldi

    WORLD GROUP II FIRST ROUND

    SLOVAKIA v RUSSIA

    Venue: AEGON Arena, Bratislava, SVK (hard - indoor)

    Slovakia

    Magdalena Rybarikova
    Jana Cepelova
    Viktoria Kuzmova
    Anna Karolina Schmiedlova
    Captain: Matej Liptak

    Russia

    Natalia Vikhlyantseva
    Anna Kalinskaya
    Anastasia Potapova
    Veronika Kudermetova
    Captain: Anastasia Myskina

    AUSTRALIA v UKRAINE
    Venue: Canberra Tennis Centre, Canberra, AUS (grass - outdoor)

    Australia

    Ashleigh Barty
    Daria Gavrilova
    Destanee Aiava
    Casey Dellacqua
    Captain: Alicia Molik

    Ukraine

    Marta Kostyuk
    Lyudmyla Kichenok
    Nadiia Kichenok
    Dasha Lopatetskaya
    Captain: Mikhail Filima

    ROMANIA v CANADA
    Venue: Sala Polivalenta Cluj-Napoca, Cluj-Napoca, ROU (hard - indoor)

    Romania

    Simona Halep
    Sorana Cirstea
    Irina-Camelia Begu
    Raluca Olaru
    Captain: Florin Segarceanu

    Canada

    Carol Zhao
    Bianca Andreescu
    Katherine Sebov
    Gabriela Dabrowski
    Captain: Sylvain Bruneau

    ITALY v SPAIN
    Venue: Pala Tricalle "Sandro Leombroni", Chieti, ITA (clay - indoor)

    Italy

    Sara Errani
    Jasmine Paolini
    Deborah Chiesa
    Elisabetta Cocciaretto
    Captain: Tathiana Garbin

    Spain

    Carla Suarez Navarro
    Lara Arruabarrena
    Georgina Garcia-Perez
    Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez
    Captain: Anabel Medina Garrigues

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    Team Great Britain via FB


    Team Georgia


    Team Uzbekistan via FB


    Team Sweden (Instagram)


    via FB
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    via FB


    Team Hungary


    Team Bulgaria via FB


    Team Germany (Twitter)
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    I thought that Georgia were the spice girls circa 1997 at first glance
    Mary, queen of shots

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    What's up with Germany and France only having three players? Couldn't they find a fourth player? Or can they nominate one later?

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    British girls look by far the best in these photos.
    Roger forever

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    Team Latvia via Twitter
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    Team India L-R L to R: Thandi, Desai, Raina, Bhambri, Thombare, Yadlapalli, Bhosale


    Team Portugal L-R Neuza Silva, Francisca Jorge, Maria Inęs Fonte, Maria Joăo Koehler, Inęs Murta
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




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    The Czech Republic L-R Lucie Safarova, Barbora Strycova, Petra Kvitova, Karolina Pliskova
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    Kanepi wanted 100K Euros to play Fed Cup and was refused so withdrew due to her "illness", very disappointing to see from herhttps://t.co/loTySrmD6f

    — The Barty Party ���� (@houseostapenko) February 7, 2018
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    I'm going to be in Asheville for a non-tennis thing this weekend. I've received two warnings already about how crowded downtown is expected to be. Quite a different vibe than when I went to St. Louis specifically for Fed Cup back in 2014 (where the crowd was so sparse they were practically giving away tickets for Sunday, much to the annoyance of those of us who'd been fool enough to buy our seats in advance).

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    EUROPE/AFRICA I







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