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    Fed Cup 2019 Draws, OoP & Discussion


    PRESS RELEASE

    9 July 2018

    Seeds announced for 2019 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Draw

    The ITF has announced the seeds for the Draw for the 2019 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas, which will take place at the ITF offices in London on Tuesday 24 July at 10:00 local time (09:00 GMT).

    The ceremony, which will include the draws for the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group and World Group II events, will be streamed live on www.fedcup.com.

    Fed Cup World Group

    According to the Fed Cup Regulations, the two finalist nations are seeded No. 1 and No. 2 in the World Group for the following year, and will be drawn in opposite halves. Seeds 3 and 4 are in accordance with the latest ITF Fed Cup Nations Ranking of 23 April. The two finalist nations will both be guaranteed choice of ground.

    1. Czech Republic
    2. USA
    3. Belarus
    4. France

    The seeded nations will be drawn against the remaining World Group nations: Australia, Belgium, Germany and Romania.

    Seeds for Fed Cup World Group II are also based on the latest Fed Cup Nations Ranking.

    Fed Cup World Group II

    1. Switzerland
    2. Netherlands
    3. Slovakia
    4. Japan

    The seeded nations will be drawn against the remaining World Group II nations: Canada, Italy, Latvia and Spain.

    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



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    Fed Cup 2019 Draws, OoP & Discussion

    PRESS RELEASE
    24 July 2018

    Draw made for 2019 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas

    The draw for the 2019 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas was held at the ITF offices in London on Tuesday. According to the Fed Cup Regulations, the two finalist nations were seeded No. 1 and No. 2 in the 2019 World Group, while all the other seeds were in accordance with the latest ITF Fed Cup Nations Ranking.

    The two finalist nations were also both guaranteed choice of ground. Both Czech Republic and USA decided to exercise this right and will therefore both be at home for their first round ties in 2019. Czech Republic is at home to USA in the 2018 Fed Cup Final in Prague on 10-11 November.

    The ITF Board of Directors has approved a trial to increase the size of teams in all Fed Cup groups in 2019 from four to a maximum of five players to give nations greater flexibility in team selection. This trial was successfully implemented in the 2018 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group and Zone Groups I and II.

    2019 Draw

    Fed Cup World Group

    First round (9-10 February)

    Czech Republic [s] [c] v Romania
    Belgium [c] v France [s]
    Germany [c] v Belarus [s]
    USA [s] [c] v Australia

    Fed Cup World Group II

    First round (9-10 February)

    Switzerland [s] [c] [*] v Italy
    Latvia [c] [*] v Slovakia [s]
    Japan [s] [c] v Spain
    Netherlands [s] [c] [*] v Canada

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

    The World Group dates for the 2019 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas are as follows:

    World Group/World Group II first round: 9-10 February

    World Group semifinals; World Group/World Group II play-offs: 20-21 April

    World Group Final: 9-10 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 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

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    Re: Fed Cup 2019 Draws, OoP & Discussion

    U.S. Fed Cup Team to Host Australia in 2019 First Round Feb. 9-10

    July 24, 2018 -- The U.S. Fed Cup Team will host Australia in the 2019 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas First Round Feb. 9-10, as the 2019 draw was revealed this morning in London. The USTA will commence with a request-for-proposal process in the coming weeks for potential host sites via usta.com/fedcup.

    The U.S. won its record 18th Fed Cup title in 2017 and will play the Czech Republic in the 2018 Fed Cup Final November 10-11 at the O2 Arena in Prague in a bid to win consecutive Fed Cup titles for the first time since 1999-2000.

    This will mark the fourth straight year the U.S. will have hosted its First Round tie. This year, the U.S. hosted the Netherlands in Asheville, N.C., a tie that saw the U.S. advance to the semifinals in front of sellout crowds while generating an estimated $3.5 million impact for the local economy.

    The Americans are 9-5 all-time in Fed Cup vs. Australia, their last meeting coming in 2016 -- a 4-0 victory for the U.S. in Brisbane in 2016's World Group Playoffs. Before then, the two countries hadn't met since 1985.

    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 151-36 record in Fed Cup competition and has won a record 18 titles. For more information, including access to player and historical Fed Cup records, please go to www.usta.com/fedcup or www.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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    Re: Fed Cup 2019 Draws, OoP & Discussion



    HEIDI EL TABAKH NAMED CAPTAIN OF THE CANADIAN FED CUP TEAM

    Montreal, August 1st, 2018 — Tennis Canada announced on Wednesday that Heidi El Tabakh has been named captain of the Canadian Fed Cup team. She will replace Sylvain Bruneau, who will now focus on his role as the Head Coach for the National Women’s Program as well as his significant involvement in the development of Bianca Andreescu.

    Born in Egypt, El Tabakh has proudly represented Canada since 2005. As a player, she reached a career high ranking of world no. 146 in 2012. That same year, she qualified for the main draw at Roland-Garros for the second time. The 31-year-old has been crowned champion a total of seven times at tournaments on the ITF professional circuit. Since retiring in 2016, she has invested her time in coaching different programs at Tennis Canada. She notably held the role of Captain for the Canadian Junior Fed Cup team (16 years and under), who, this past April, qualified for the finals.

    El Tabakh said that she was honored by the chance offered to her by Tennis Canada.

    "It's an honor for me to accept this position. I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the development of Tennis in Canada and to be able to give back to my sport. I know the female Canadian players very well and I believe in this team. I am already looking forward to our upcoming tie next February. » “It will also be quite a challenge to follow in the footsteps of a captain like Sylvain. Having seen him in action as the team’s captain and having worked with him throughout my career, I can attest to the fact that Sylvain was an exceptional captain for our team,” stated El Tabakh.

    “Since retiring from professional tennis, Heidi has demonstrated a great desire to contribute to the success of Canadian tennis and to help our athletes develop and reach their full potential,” noted Louis Borfiga, Vice-President of High Performance. “Heidi certainly has the support of all the players and Tennis Canada staff members. We know that she has the right leadership qualities, all the necessary skills and the willingness to bring the team back into World Group I in the coming years.”

    “I would like to thank Sylvain for being captain of our Canadian Fed Cup team. He was the only captain I ever had, so he introduced me to Fed Cup and taught me all about it. He was amazing and will be missed,” said Eugenie Bouchard. “The team and I are looking forward to starting a new chapter with Heidi. We are confident she will be great for the team.”

    Bruneau has been the captain of the Canadian team since 2010 after having spent 6 years as the team coach. Under his leadership, Canada was able to secure a spot in World Group I, which features the eight best nations in the world, in 2015, following a sequence of seven consecutive victories.

    “It was an honour to be involved with this team for 15 years and to have had the chance to represent Canada alongside the players. Fed Cup is a very intense and energy consuming competition. I understand and fully support the organization’s choice to devote my time towards my role as Head Coach of the National Women’s Program,” stated Bruneau. “We have many talented young players and my mission is to lead them to their full potential. I am convinced that Heidi will be an excellent Fed Cup captain. I wish her and the team good luck. I will continue to closely follow their progress in Fed Cup.”

    "During all of his years at the helm of this team, Sylvain has always managed to convey his passion, integrity and rigor to the players. He has always had the respect of all the players, no matter the decisions he made," continued Borfiga. “We are grateful for all of Sylvain`s contributions. We feel the time is now for Sylvain to step away from Fed Cup in order to fully commit to his role as the Head National Coach of the Women’s Program. This is good news for Tennis Canada and for our Canadian players, as he will be even more invested in the development of women’s tennis in Canada.”

    The Canadian Fed Cup team will face the Netherlands February 9 and 10, 2019 in the World Group II first round tie.

    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, Vancouver and Calgary. 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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    Re: Fed Cup 2019 Draws, OoP & Discussion

    U.S. FED CUP TEAM TO RETURN TO ASHEVILLE FOR 2019 FED CUP FIRST ROUND vs. AUSTRALIA FEBRUARY 9-10

    U.S. Cellular Center to Become First Repeat Host Site for U.S. Fed Cup Team in 12 Years on Heels of 2018 First-Round Success

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Oct. 30, 2018 – The USTA today announced that the U.S. Fed Cup Team will return to Asheville, N.C., for the second consecutive year, as the U.S. Cellular Center has been selected to host the United States’ Fed Cup by BNP Paribas 2019 First Round tie vs. Australia February 9-10.

    The U.S. Cellular Center will become the first site to host consecutive Fed Cup ties in the U.S. since the Delray Beach (Fla.) Tennis Center in 2005-07. The U.S. Cellular Center hosted the U.S.’s First Round tie vs. the Netherlands this February in what amounted to a weeklong celebration of tennis in the region. The tie generated an estimated $3.5 million economic impact for the area, and sellout crowds saw the U.S. defeat the Netherlands to begin its 2018 Fed Cup title defense.

    The U.S. Fed Cup Team will attempt to win its second straight Fed Cup title November 10-11, taking on the Czech Republic in the Final in Prague. A free and open-to-the-public watch party for the Final will be held at New Belgium Brewing Company from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, November 10. The Final matches will be televised live on Tennis Channel beginning at 8 a.m. ET on Saturday and 6 a.m. ET on Sunday.

    The First Round against Australia – a best-of-five match series – begins Saturday, Feb. 9, with two singles matches. Two reverse singles matches and the doubles match will follow on Sunday, Feb. 10. Matches will be played on a temporary indoor hard court. The winner of this matchup will advance to the Semifinals April 20-21. Fed Cup is the world’s largest annual international team competition in women’s sport, with approximately 100 nations taking part each year.

    USTA members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets in advance through an exclusive presale beginning October 30 and running through November 1, or while supplies last.

    "We couldn’t be happier to be bringing Fed Cup back to Asheville,” said USTA Chairman of the Board and President Katrina Adams. "Everything about the First Round tie vs. the Netherlands earlier this year was incredible, from our local business partners to the staff at the U.S. Cellular Center to the local volunteers and the enthusiastic community that cheered us on to victory. Asheville made for a perfect Fed Cup host, and we look forward to coming back.”

    The U.S. was drawn to host Australia for the 2019 World Group First Round when the draw took place in July. The U.S. is 9-5 all-time vs. the Aussies, and won their last meeting, 4-0, in the 2016 World Group Playoff. Prior
    The USTA has partnered with Explore Asheville, Ingles Markets, Mercedes Benz of Asheville, the Omni Grove Park Inn and New Belgium Brewing Company to bring this event to Asheville.

    “I'm honored that Asheville has been chosen to host the Fed Cup for the second year in a row,” Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer said. “What a great opportunity to see these top athletes compete live, right here in downtown Asheville.”

    "The U.S. Cellular Center is honored to play host to this First Round Fed Cup event for the second year in a row,” said U.S. Cellular Center General Manager Chris Corl. “The community support and professionalism of the USTA staff, contractors, sponsors and local organizing committee, all of whom came together to make this event successful in 2018, was unprecedented here in Asheville. We are looking forward to doing it again in a bigger and better way."

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

    The U.S. holds an overall 151-36 record in Fed Cup competition with a 41-6 record in home ties. For more information, including access to player and historical Fed Cup records, please go to www.usta.com/fedcup or www.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 655,000 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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