February 10, 2016

Kooyong to Host Australia vs US Davis Cup First Round Tie in March

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(December 23. 2015) Tennis Australia reports that the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club has been named to host the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group first round tie between Australia and the United States from 4 to 6 March 2016.

 

The former home of the Australian Open will host its first Davis Cup tie in 10 years with a portable grass court to be installed on Kooyong’s famous centre court.

 

Australia’s last meeting on grass at Kooyong against the United States took place in 1993 and next year’s tie will mark the two nations’ 46th Davis Cup battle.

 

Australian Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt said he was looking forward to leading the team for the first time in March.

 

“To play Davis Cup in Melbourne, the home of tennis in Australia, at a club like Kooyong with so much tennis history is a privilege,” Hewitt said.

 

“Kooyong provides the perfect setting for the team to kick start our Davis Cup campaign on grass and no doubt the home crowd will be right behind us.

 

“The tie against the United States is going to be tough. They have seven men in the top 100 including the likes of John Isner, Jack Sock, Steve Johnson, Donald Young and Sam Querrey.

 

“It will be my first tie as captain and I’ll be looking to help the boys build on the momentum and progress of 2015.”

 

President of Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club Peter Carew added: “We are absolutely delighted that Tennis Australia has chosen Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club the spiritual home of Australian tennis to host the Davis Cup tie.

 

“To have the Davis Cup tie played on grass on our centre court in the Kooyong stadium will bring back a host of memories for older tennis fans and give the younger fans a sense of the great history of tennis in this country.”

 

Victorian Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren said: “We are excited to be welcoming yet another great tennis event to Melbourne. We’re particularly chuffed to play a part in history as Lleyton Hewitt makes his Davis Cup captain’s debut.

“Victorians just love their tennis and the world loves watching all the action here in Melbourne. This is another great chance to show we have the best of everything the game has to offer.”

Australia’s most recent tie against the United States was in 1999 where Hewitt made his Davis Cup debut.

 

Hewitt alongside Pat Rafter led Australia to a 4-1 World Group quarterfinals victory over the United States, whose team included current US Davis Cup captain Jim Courier.

 

Between 1946 and 2006 Kooyong staged 10 Davis Cup ties including the 1983 and 1986 finals against Sweden, both won by Australia.

 

Australia sits second to the United States on the all-time list of Davis Cup champions, having won the prestigious competition 28 times to the States’ 32.

 

Ticketing information for the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group first round tie will be released in January 2016.

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Great Britain Wins 2015 Davis Cup Ending 79-year Drought

(November 29, 2015) Great Britain defeated Belgium 3-1 to win the 2015 Davis Cup in Ghent on Sunday when Andy Murray clinched the title when he defeated David Goffin 6-3, 7-5, 6-3.

 

This is Great Britain’s tenth Davis Cup title, placing them third on the all-time list behind USA (32 titles) and Australia (28 titles). This is Great Britain’s first title since 1936, with the gap of 79 years being the longest gap between Davis Cup titles in history.

Britain is the only country to have participated in all Davis Cup completion since it began in 1900.

 

Andy Murray has become the first player to win eight live singles rubbers in a calendar year since the introduction of the World Group in 1981. He is just the third player to achieve an 8-0 World Group singles record in a calendar year. The others were Joh McEnroe and Mats Wilander.

 

Murray is only the second player to win 11 live singles and doubles rubbers in World Group history after Croatia’s Ivan Ljubicic in 2005. He is the first player since Pete Sampras in 1995 to win three live rubbers in a Davis Cup Final.

 

Andy and Jamie Murray are only the third set of brothers to win the Davis Cup title after fellow Britons Reggie and Laurie Doherty (4 titles: 1903-06), and Bob and Mike Bryan of USA in 2007.

 

 

GREAT BRITAIN defeated BELGIUM 3-1

Venue: Flanders Expo, Ghent (clay – indoors)
David Goffin (BEL) d. Kyle Edmund (GBR) 36 16 62 61 60

Andy Murray (GBR) d. Ruben Bemelmans (BEL) 63 62 75

Andy Murray/Jamie Murray (GBR) d. Steve Darcis/David Goffin (BEL) 64 46 63 62

Andy Murray (GBR) d. David Goffin (BEL) 63 75 63

Ruben Bemelmans (BEL) v Kyle Edmund (GBR) not played

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Great Britain A Win Away from Davis Cup Title

 

(November 28, 2015) Great Britain stands one victory away claiming its first Davis Cup title in 79 years. Brothers Andy and Jamie Murray took the crucial doubles point on Saturday beating winning the Belgium team of David Goffin and Steve Darcis 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, giving Great Britain a 2-1 lead heading into Sunday’s reverse singles matches. Andy Murray could seal Britain’s victory in Sunday’s first match against Goffin.

The brothers Murray are now 4-0 playing Davis Cup doubles together. This was a first outing for the Belgian team in a Davis Cup tie.

Sunday play opens in Flanders Expo in Ghent with a battle between the top players from each country – world No. 2 Murray against No. 16 Goffin.

Great Britain is seeking its 10th Davis Cup crown while Belgium is aiming for its first.

 

DAVIS CUP FINAL

GREAT BRITAIN leads BELGIUM 2-1

Venue: Flanders Expo, Ghent (clay – indoors)
David Goffin (BEL) d. Kyle Edmund (GBR) 36 16 62 61 60

Andy Murray (GBR) d. Ruben Bemelmans (BEL) 63 62 75

Andy Murray/Jamie Murray (GBR) d. Steve Darcis/David Goffin (BEL) 64 46 63 62

David Goffin (BEL) v Andy Murray (GBR)

Ruben Bemelmans (BEL) v Kyle Edmund (GBR)

 

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Davis Cup Final Day 1 – Great Britain and Belgium Level at 1-1

 

(November 27, 2015) Great Britain’s Andy Murray evened the Davis Cup final at 1-1 on Friday in Ghent with a 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 win over Belgian’s Ruben Bemelmans. The world No. 2 rebounded from 2-4 down the third set to close out the match against the world No. 108.

The first match of the day saw top Belgian player David Goffin win his first–ever match coming back from two sets down to defeat No. 100 Kyle Edmund 3-6, 1-6, 6-2, 6-1, 6-0. Edmund was making his Davis Cup debut.

The Davis cup rookie ran up a quick two set lead over Goffin, over powering the Belgian with well-placed shots and aggressive groundstrokes.

The turning point in the match came in third game of the third set when Goffin broke Edmund’s serve for 2-1. The No. 16 player in the world won 16 of the next 18 games to claim the victory. Edmund let errors creep into his game and was not as consistent with his serve as he was in the first two sets.

“He played every forehand really heavy from the beginning,” Goffin said on–court after the match. “It was tough for me to find my timing on the baseline. I knew I needed to take my chance, and I did well to finish the match quickly in the fourth and fifth sets.”

Edmund said that in the fourth set he was having problems physically and that his stamina did not hold up.

Murray who leveled the tie with his win in the second match of the day in the Flanders Expo, is now 7-0 in singles rubbers this year. Only John McEnroe and Mats Wilander have ever been a perfect 8-0 in ties during a David Cup season.

Saturday will see the doubles rubber played between Belgium and Great Britain.

Belgium’s King Philippe and his wife, Queen Mathilde, were part of the 13,000 in attendance at the Flanders Expo in Belgium.

Belgium is seeking its first Davis Cup, while Great Britain wants to claim its 10th.

 

DAVIS CUP FINAL

BELGIUM level with GREAT BRITAIN 1-1

Venue: Flanders Expo, Ghent (clay – indoors)
David Goffin (BEL) d. Kyle Edmund (GBR) 36 16 62 61 60

Andy Murray (GBR) d. Ruben Bemelmans (BEL) 63 62 75

Kimmer Coppejans/Steve Darcis (BEL) v Andy Murray/Jamie Murray (GBR)

David Goffin (BEL) v Andy Murray (GBR)

Ruben Bemelmans (BEL) v Kyle Edmund (GBR)

 

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Great Britain Takes On Belgium in Davis Cup Final

 

(November 26, 2015) In 2013 Andy Murray won Wimbledon to end a 77-year drought for British men at the All England Club. The Scot hopes to help collect the Davis Cup title for Great Britain for the first time since 1936 this weekend against Belgium in Ghent this weekend. In 1936, Fred Perry won the decisive singles rubber to give Great Britain the victory over Australia 3-2.

Belgium was a losing finalist to Great Britain in 1904.

The best-of-five match series final between the two countries begins on Friday in the Flanders Expo on clay, with a pair of singles matches which pits players who have never faced each other in head-to-head competition. Top Belgium player, David Goffin ranked 14th in the world will play Kyle Edmund, ranked No. 100. The 20-year-old Edmund, who was born in South Africa, will be making his Davis Cup debut.

The second match on Friday will feature world No. 2 and British No. 1 Andy Murray against No. 108 Ruben Bemelmans. Bemelmans received the nod over No. 84 Steve Darcis to play the second rubber. Belgium’s Captain Johan van Herck has the option of changing players over the weekend.

Murray is not only seeking his first Davis Cup title, but he is trying to become only the third player to win all eight singles matches in a Davis Cup year since the World Group began in 1981.

Due to the Paris attacks and threats in Brussels, security in Ghent has been intensified.

The International Tennis Federation put out a security statement earlier in the week:

Update for those attending the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Final at Flanders Expo

 

The ITF and Royal Belgian Tennis Federation (RBTF), in consultation with the relevant officials and our risk assessment and security advisers, are closely monitoring the situation in Belgium and specifically in Ghent. As of today there are no changes to the previously published start times for the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Final between Belgium and Great Britain.

 

We are taking every necessary step to ensure the safety of the teams, the spectators, the media and all working staff.

 

As you would expect, a number of specific, additional security measures have been put in place for this weekend’s tie.

 

In particular please note:

 

  • This is a sold out event. There will not be any tickets on sale at the venue and anyone without a ticket will not be allowed access to the venue area.

 

  • Additional security measures will be in place at all entrances to the venue and will apply to all ticket holders, staff members and visitors.

 

  • Entry into the event will take longer than usual. Please keep this in mind when planning your arrival to the Flanders Expo. The gates will open two hours in advance of each day’s start time.

 

  • Bags and backpacks will not be permitted in the Flanders Expo. Ticket holders will be asked to check any bags into available off-site storage facilities.

 

  • No food or drink will be allowed into the arena. A full selection of refreshments will be available in venue.

 

  • For those travelling into Belgium for the tie we advise that you liaise directly with your flight or train operator for up to date information on any changes to departure times or protocols.

 

Any additional updates on the tie including any changes to entry procedures for fans with tickets will be made via:

 

RBTF website: www.tennisvlaanderen.be/davis-cup-security

 

The ITF president Dave Haggerty said that they want to make sure the Davis Cup players, fans and staff are safe.

For Great Britain, this will be their 18th final as they look to win their 10th Davis Cup title. They lost their last final in 1972 against the United States. Belgium has never won Davis Cup, losing to Great Britain in their only final in 1904 5-0 at Wimbledon.

 

This is the 12th meeting between Belgium and Great Britain, but only their second since 1963. Britain leads 7-4. Belgium won their last meeting 4-1 in Europe/Africa Zone Group I in Glasgow in 2012, with 3 members of the Belgium team nominated for this year’s Final – Ruben Bemelmans, Steve Darcis and David Goffin – all winning rubbers. Great Britain has not beaten Belgium since 1963, when it won 5-0 on clay in Brussels.

 

 

DAVIS CUP FINAL LINE-UP

BELGIUM v GREAT BRITAIN

Venue: Flanders Expo, Ghent (clay – indoors)
Friday

David Goffin (BEL) v Kyle Edmund (GBR)

Ruben Bemelmans (BEL) v Andy Murray (GBR)

 

Saturday

Kimmer Coppejans/Steve Darcis (BEL) v Andy Murray/Jamie Murray (GBR)

 

Sunday

David Goffin (BEL) v Andy Murray (GBR)

Ruben Bemelmans (BEL) v Kyle Edmund (GBR)

 

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Davis Cup Final Will Still Take Place Next Week

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(November 17, 2015) Despite concerns following the Paris attacks, the Davis Cup final between Belgium and Great Britain will go ahead as planned in Ghent, Belgium said the International Tennis Federation.

The Davis Cup final will be held in the Flanders Expo November 27-29.

Great Britain and Belgium named their teams. Great Britain’s team, led by Captain Leon Smith will consist of Andy Murray, Kyle Edmund, Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot.

“Our GB Davis Cup team is proud to be competing in the Final in Ghent this year,” said Smith. “It is an historic ‎moment in British Tennis and I’m delighted to name these five players for the tie against Belgium. Andy has led from the front throughout this campaign, showing time and again what it means to him to pull on the GB jersey. He shows determination, commitment and passion that inspires the other British players on the bench and our fantastic fans in the stands.

 

The team has had some incredible results this year, and we know that off the back of defeating the three other Grand Slam nations we carry great momentum going into the final, however we will ‎not underestimate the challenge in front of us. The Belgian team is full of top 100 talent and they will push us all the way.

 

“While our team will be spearheaded by Andy, the other guys give us strong options in both the singles and the doubles positions. Jamie is having an outstanding year and is firmly established as a top 10 world ranked doubles player‎. He has played a key part in our ties this year with vital wins against both France and Australia partnering Andy.

 

“Dom is playing some of the best tennis of his career having reached the semi-finals of the US Open and recently the semi-finals of the Paris Masters Series. He played an outstanding Davis Cup match earlier in the year with Jamie against the Bryan brothers, narrowly losing the fifth set. In James Ward, we have a player who really gets the Davis Cup and has had several big wins over the last few years against top 100 players in this competition. Kyle Edmund has had a very good year on the tour, breaking top 100 for the first time and qualifying at both Australian and French Open.

 

“The support from our fans has been unbelievable. There is no other word for it. For those making the trip to Belgium it will be more important than ever that they make as much noise as possible and get behind the team”

Belgium will field David Goffin, Steve Darcis, Ruben Bemelmans and Kimmer Coppejans. Johan van Herck is the captain of the Belgian team.

The Draw for the Final will take place on Thursday 26 November at 14:00 local time (13:00 GMT). Both nations came make up to two nomination changes up until one hour before the draw.

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Davis Cup Results: Barbados, Slovenia and Sweden Remain in Zone Group I in 2016

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(November 1, 2015) The ITF has announced the final results for the three Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Zone Group I second round play-off ties taking place on 30 October-1 November.

 

Barbados, Slovenia and Sweden will all remain in Zone Group I in 2016, while Denmark, Lithuania and Uruguay have all been relegated to 2016 Zone Group II.

 

The draw for the 2016 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Americas Zone Group II and Europe/Africa Zone Group II will be held at the ITF offices in London at 10:00 GMT on Tuesday 3 November. The seeds will be based on the new ITF Davis Cup Nations Ranking of 2 November

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP I SECOND ROUND PLAY-OFF

 

BARBADOS defeated URUGUAY 3-2

Venue:  National Tennis Centre, St. Michael, BAR (hard – outdoor)

 

Santiago Maresca (URU) d. Seanon Williams (BAR) 62 62 61
Darian King (BAR) d. Rodrigo Arus (URU) 61 63 36 61
Darian King/Haydn Lewis (BAR) d. Rodrigo Arus/Santiago Maresca (URU) 62 62 62
Darian King (BAR) d. Santiago Maresca (URU) 76(6) 62 60
Nicolas Xiviller (URU) d. Russell Moseley (BAR) 61 64

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP I SECOND ROUND PLAY-OFF

 

SWEDEN defeated DENMARK 3-2

Venue: Antvorskovhallen, Slagelse, DEN (hard – indoor)
Markus Eriksson (SWE) d. Andreas Bjerrehus (DEN) 67(5) 67(5) 76(3) 76(3) 97
Mikael Ymer (SWE) d. Frederik Nielsen (DEN) 75 63 64
Thomas Kromann/Frederik Nielsen (DEN) d. Johan Brunstrom/Fred Simonsson (SWE) 67(3) 62 76(5) 76(9)
Frederik Nielsen (DEN) d. Markus Eriksson (SWE) 62 76(2) 76(8)
Mikael Ymer (SWE) d. Christian Sigsgaard (DEN) 64 60 36 57 62

 

SLOVENIA defeated LITHUANIA 5-0

Venue: Teniski Klub Triglav Kranj, Kranj, SLO (hard – indoor)
Grega Zemlja (SLO) d. Ricardas Berankis (LTU) 63 75 62
Blaz Rola (SLO) d. Laurynas Grigelis (LTU) 76(6) 62 62
Blaz Kavcic/Blaz Rola (SLO) d. Laurynas Grigelis/Lukas Mugevicius (LTU) 64 76(1) 64
Blaz Rola (SLO) d. Lukas Mugevicius (LTU) 62 62
Tom Kocevar-Desman (SLO) d. Tadas Babelis (LTU) 62 26 64

 

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2016 Davis Cup Draw Announced

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From the ITF: (September 23, 2014) The International Tennis Federation has announced the Draw for the 2016 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas, which took place on Wednesday evening at the ITF AGM in Santiago, Chile.

 

Individual draws were made for the 2016 World Group, Americas Zone Group I, Asia/Oceania Zone Groups I and II, and Europe/Africa Zone Group I. The draws for Americas Zone Group II and Europe/Africa Zone Group II will be held following the three remaining Davis Cup play-off ties on 30 October – 1 November.

 

The 2016 World Group dates are as follows:

 

World Group first round: 4-6 March

World Group quarterfinals: 15-17 July

World Group semifinals and play-offs: 16-18 September

World Group Final: 25-27 November

 

2016 Draws

 

World Group

 

First round (4-6 March)

 

Great Britain [s] [c] [*] v Japan

Serbia [s] [c] [*] v Kazakhstan

Italy [c] v Switzerland [s]

Poland [c] [*] v Argentina [s]

France [s] [c] v Canada

Germany [c] v Czech Republic [s]

Australia [s] [c] v USA

Belgium [s] [c] v Croatia
Americas Zone Group I

 

First round (4-6 March)

 

Brazil [s] v Bye

 

Barbados or Uruguay v Ecuador

 

Chile [c] v Dominican Republic

 

Colombia [s] v Bye
Asia/Oceania Zone Group I

 

First round (4-6 March)

 

India [s] v Bye

 

Korea, Rep. [c] v New Zealand

 

Pakistan [c] v China, P.R.

 

Uzbekistan [s] v Bye
Europe/Africa Zone Group I

 

First round (4-6 March)

 

Spain [s] v Bye

 

Romania v Lithuania or Slovenia

 

Ukraine [s] v Bye

 

Portugal [c] v Austria

 

Russia v Denmark or Sweden

 

Netherlands [s] v Bye

 

Hungary [c] v Israel

 

Slovakia [s] v Bye
Asia/Oceania Zone Group II

 

First round (4-6 March)

 

Chinese Taipei [s] [c] v Malaysia

 

Philippines [s] [c] v Kuwait

 

Indonesia [s] [c] v Vietnam

 

Thailand [s] [c] v Sri Lanka

 

Key
[s] = Seeded nation

[c] = Choice of ground

[*] = Choice of ground decided by lot

 

The home nation is listed first for each tie.

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Belgium to Host Davis Cup Final Against Great Britain on clay in Ghent

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(September 23, 2015) The Davis Cup final between Belgium and Great Britain will be played in Ghent indoors on clay. The International Tennis Federation announced that Tennis Vlaanderen has nominated the Flanders Expo to host the 2015 Davis Cup World Group Final November 27-29.

 

The Flanders Expo is a multi-use indoor arena made up of eight halls. Hall 1, which has a seating capacity of 13,000 will be used for the final

 

Tennis Vlaanderen President Dirk de Maeseneer said to the ITF: “Ghent will fully support the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Final. As the third biggest city in Belgium, it has a lot of experience in hosting top international events, such as the Tour of Flanders, the arrival of the Tour de France in 2007 and the Gymnastics World Championships in 2001 and 2013.”

 

Great Britain advanced to the final when they defeated Australia 3-2 in Galsgow, with British No. 1 Andy Murray won all three rubbers for his squad – his two singles matches and the doubles with his brother Jamie.

Belgium came back to defeat Argentina 3-2 in Brussels. This will be a rematch of the 1904 Davis Cup final when Britain shutout Belgium 5-0. This will be Belgium’s second final. Great Britain last won the Davis Cup in 1936.

Murray tweeted on Wednesday:

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Seeds Announced for 2016 Davis Cup Draw

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(September 21, 2015) Great Britain and Belgium head the seeds for the Draw for the World Group of the 2016 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas, which will take place at the ITF AGM in Santiago, Chile on Wednesday 23 September at 19:00 local time (22:00 GMT). The Draw will be streamed live on www.daviscup.com.

 

The draws for 2016 Americas Zone Group I, Asia/Oceania Zone Groups I and II, and Europe/Africa Zone Group I will also take place in Santiago. The draws for Americas Zone Group II and Europe/Africa Zone Group II will be held following the remaining Davis Cup play-off ties on 30 October – 1 November.

 

According to the Davis 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 3-8 are in accordance with the latest ITF Davis Cup Nations Ranking of 21 September.

 

World Group

 

  1. Great Britain
  2. Belgium
  3. Czech Republic
  4. Switzerland
  5. France
  6. Argentina
  7. Serbia
  8. Australia

 

The seeded nations will be drawn against the remaining World Group nations: Canada, Croatia, Germany, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Poland and USA.

 

[Please note that Great Britain and USA, and Canada and Japan will both be drawn in opposite halves of the draw as per the Davis Cup Regulation that states “If two Nations have met each other in two successive years in the first round, in the third year they will be drawn in different halves of the draw.”]

 

Seeds for the Zone Group I and Group II competitions are also based on the latest Davis Cup Nations Ranking.

 

Americas Zone Group I

 

  1. Brazil
  2. Colombia

 

Remaining Nations: Winner of Barbados v Uruguay, Chile, Dominican Republic and Ecuador

 

Asia/Oceania Zone Group I

 

  1. India
  2. Uzbekistan

 

Remaining Nations: China P.R., Korea Rep., New Zealand and Pakistan

 

Asia/Oceania Zone Group II

 

  1. Chinese Taipei
  2. Thailand
  3. Philippines
  4. Indonesia

 

Remaining Nations: Kuwait, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Vietnam

 

Europe/Africa Zone Group I

  1. Spain
  2. Slovakia
  3. Netherlands
  4. Ukraine

 

Remaining Nations: Austria, Winner of Denmark v Sweden, Hungary, Israel, Winner of Lithuania v Slovenia, Portugal, Romania and Russia

 

 

The World Group dates for the 2016 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas are as follows:

 

World Group first round: 4-6 March

World Group quarterfinals: 15-17 July

World Group semifinals and play-offs: 16-18 September

World Group Final: 25-27 November

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