Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Finals 2020
International Tennis Federation – The draw for the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Finals 2020 has been made this evening, 11 February, at the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest, Hungary. The inaugural Fed Cup Finals will take place at the László Papp stadium on 14-19 April with 12 nations competing to be crowned world champions.
The 12 nations have been divided into four groups of three teams with reigning Fed Cup champions France drawn with Russia and the hosts and automatic qualifiers Hungary in Group A.
Australia, who qualified automatically as last year’s finalists, will take on Belarus and Belgium in Group B, while 18-time Fed Cup champions and No.3 seeds USA are joined in Group C by Spain and Slovakia.
Eleven-time champions Czech Republic, who received a wild card to the Finals and are seeded No.4, will take on Germany and Switzerland in Group D.
The winner of Group A will face the winner of Group C and the winner of Group B will face the winner of Group D in the semifinals. The tournament schedule will be announced on Monday 17 February.
Speaking at the draw, Fed Cup Global Ambassador, Billie Jean King said:
“When you play Fed Cup you are representing something bigger than yourself. For me, I’ve always loved team sports, and I loved representing my country.”
“There were only 16 teams when we started in London but it was one of the most thrilling moments of my life. Fed Cup has grown through the years with 116 teams now, versus 16 in 1963.”
Women’s tennis has always been the leader in women’s sport. We have led since the beginning, when the Original Nine started women’s professional tennis. The prize money is significant – it’s about equality and it sends a strong message that women are worth just as much as men.”
ITF President, David Haggerty said:
“2020 is an exciting year for Fed Cup. Budapest is a great city which has previously hosted events for us, including the Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas, and many of those young players will be playing here in April.”
“Fed Cup gives us the possibility to really invest in the sport and give the nations the ability to generate the next generation of players.”
Tünde Szabó, State Secretary for Sport said:
“We are really proud that the International Tennis Federation has chosen Hungary as the location for the newly shaped Finals tournament.”
“I strongly believe that the Finals will offer great memories for each and every participant.”
“The Hungarian Government is committed to support sports and this is a major international sporting event of the highest quality.”
Balázs Fürjes, Secretary of State for the Development of Budapest, Government Commissioner of International Sport Events and Chairman of the Local Organising Committee said:
“Budapest is a global sports capital, we are in the heart of Europe, easily accessible, and great value for money.”
“By bringing to life this new and exciting format, and by emphasising equal chances and conditions for women and men, we are happy to create a sports revolution together with the International Tennis Federation and with the leading players of the world.”
Group A: France, Russia and Hungary
Group B: Australia, Belarus and Belgium
Group C: USA, Spain and Slovakia
Group D: Czech Republic, Germany and Switzerland
Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Play-offs (17-18 April)
The draw for the 2020 Fed Cup Play-offs also took place today, and is as follows:
Poland (c) (*) v Brazil
Mexico (c) (*) v Great Britain
Serbia (c) v Canada
Latvia v TBC
Japan (c) (*) v Ukraine
Romania (c) (*) v Italy
Argentina (c) (*) v Kazakhstan
Netherlands v TBC
(c) denotes choice of ground
(*) denotes choice of ground determined by lot
The eight winning nations will progress to the Fed Cup Qualifiers in 2021. The eight losing nations will compete in their respective regional Group I event in 2021.
At the time of the draw the Asia/Oceania Group I event had yet to be played. As such the draw took place with two spots as TBC for the nations advancing from Asia/Oceania Group I, which is being played in Dubai on 3-7 March.
The Fed Cup Committee determined that the two Qualifier nations drawn against the teams from Asia/Oceania Group I will be guaranteed choice of ground to enable preparations for these ties to begin immediately. Therefore, Latvia and Netherlands will host their ties against the Asia/Oceania teams.