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The Lexus GB Billie Jean King Cup team to face France in the 2024 Qualifiers
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Billie Jean King Cup 2024: Boulter leads Dart, Watson, Raducanu & Jones for qualifier against France

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Great Britain’s Billie Jean King Cup captain Anne Keothavong has named her squad set to take on France in the Billie Jean King Cup Finals Qualifiers from the 12-13 April in Le Portel, France.

The Lexus Great Britain Billie Jean King Cup team includes British No.1 and San Diego Open champion Katie Boulter, Harriet Dart, Heather WatsonEmma Raducanu and 23-year-old Francesca Jones, who has recently been added as the final member of the squad.

Lexus GB Billie Jean King Cup team:

  • Katie Boulter (world No.28)
  • Harriet Dart (world No.88)
  • Heather Watson (world No.144)
  • Emma Raducanu (world No.302)
  • Francesca Jones (world No.277)

The winning nation will progress to the 2024 Billie Jean King Cup Finals, taking place later this year while the losing nation will compete in the Play-off ties.

The Brits will bid for their spot in the final eight on French soil, with the best of five rubber tie being staged at Le Chaudron in Le Portel on an indoor clay court. The two nations have played each other four times in the tournament’s history, with the head-to-head being tied at two wins each (Great Britain - 1976, 1981) (France - 1975, 2023).

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Explaining her selection for a strong British team, Keothavong said, “I’m delighted to be travelling with a full-strength team off the back of some terrific results recently.

"The French side will present a significant challenge as always, but we all know how representing GB inspires us and each year we are getting stronger and better as a team.”

Now, let’s meet the Brits who are set to take on France in April.

Katie Boulter

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  • Age: 27
  • Ranking: 28
  • Billie Jean King Cup ties played: 11
  • Billie Jean King Cup record: 9-3             

Katie Boulter will spearhead her nation, as she enters the qualifying tie off the back of the most successful year of her career.

Boulter made her Billie Jean King Cup debut in 2018 and has since gone on to represent Great Britain in 11 ties. The British No.1 has risen to the occasion each time she’s stepped onto court for her nation and boasts an impressive 9-3 win record. Her most recent outing came at the Play-off tie against Sweden where she helped carry her nation to victory – recording back-to-back straight-set wins against Kajsa Rinaldo Persson and Caijsa Hennemann.

The British No.1 will enter the tie in peak form, off the back of winning her maiden WTA 500 title at the San Diego Open and breaking into the world’s top 30 for the first time in her career.

Harriet Dart

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  • Age: 27
  • Ranking: Singles – 88; Doubles - 130
  • Billie Jean King Cup ties played: 9
  • Billie Jean King Cup record: 6-7

Harriet Dart has once again been called up to join the Lexus GB Billie Jean King Cup team in what could be her 10th tie.

Dart has been a regular addition to Keothavong’s side over the years – bringing in victories for the Brits across the singles and doubles and has recorded some of her career-best wins while representing her country. The 2022 Billie Jean King Cup Finals in Glasgow saw her defeat former world No.2 Paula Badosa, while more recently securing the Brits’ spot in the 2024 qualifiers after beating Sweden's Hennemann 7-5, 6-2 in the Play-offs.

The 27-year-old has already found momentum in the 2024 season having reached the WTA 125 Canberra final and ticking off a significant career milestone by making her WTA tour level semi-final at the Transylvania Open.

Heather Watson

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  • Age: 31
  • Ranking: Singles – 144; Doubles - 49
  • Billie Jean King Cup ties played: 35
  • Billie Jean King Cup record: 31-15

Heather Watson has once again been called up to represent her nation, having played in a remarkable 35 ties. The 2022 Billie Jean King Cup Finals in Glasgow saw the 31-year-old claim her 31st match win for the Great British team - equalling the legendary Sue Barker’s record in fifth place on the nation’s all-time list for match wins.

Watson adds wealth of experience to the team and can be depended on across both the singles and doubles game. The British No.4 has made a fast start to the 2024 season in the doubles, having made the final at the Brisbane International (WTA 500) and Abu Dhabi Open (WTA 1000) and finished runner-up on home soil in the singles event at the W25 Sunderland.

Watson’s experience of competing for her country will undoubtedly prove vital in what is set to be a tough challenge for the British team.

Emma Raducanu

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  • Age: 21
  • Ranking: 302
  • Billie Jean King Cup ties played: 1
  • Billie Jean King Cup record: 1-1

Raducanu has been called up to compete at just her second Billie Jean King Cup tie. The 21-year-old made her Great British debut at the qualifying tie against the Czech Republic just months after making history by being crowned the 2021 US Open champion. The tie marked Raducanu’s first tour-level match on clay, with the Brit winning on debut with a 7-5, 7-5 victory over Tereza Martincova before losing out to Marketa Vondrusova on her second match.

Despite sitting on the sidelines for the majority of the 2023 season due to surgery on both wrists and an ankle, Raducanu has grown from strength to strength on her return to the WTA tour and recently reached the third round at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

Francesca Jones

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  • Age: 23
  • Ranking: 277
  • Billie Jean King Cup ties played: 0
  • Billie Jean King Cup record: N/A

Jones has been added as the fifth member of a strong GB team off the back of some brilliant performances on the clay. The 23-year-old Brit recently made her first WTA 125 final at the San Luis Open in Mexico, where she defeated three players ranked inside the world's top 150. She then went on to play in the Copa Colsanitas Zurich in Bogota where she pushed seventh seed and world No.89 Laura Siegemund to three sets.

Somewhat of a clay court specialist, Jones has won all six of her ITF singles titles on the surface and could prove to be the secret weapon in the team out in France.

This is the first time Jones has been called up for the Lexus GB Billie Jean King Cup squad and should she make an appearance across any of the five matches, she will become the latest player to gain LTA Colour Holder status.

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