20 - 21 April 2019

Fed Cup by BNP Paribas

United Kingdom

Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Explained

Fed Cup team

What is the Fed Cup?

The Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of women’s tennis. It offers players from around the world the chance to represent their country and, with more than 100 nations involved, is the largest annual international team competition in women’s sport.

For the first time since 1993, Great Britain hosted a Fed Cup tie at home after being awarded the event by the International Tennis Federation. The Europe/Africa Group I tie took place at University of Bath from 6-9 February. Packed crowds cheered on the Great Britain team as they came out on top against Croatia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey. This means that Great Britain will now face Kazakhstan at home in the upcoming World Group II Play-Off, taking place 20-21 April 2019. The Play-Off will mark the first ever head-to-head between the two nations.

How does the Fed Cup work?

The Fed Cup is structured with an eight-nation World Group and an eight-nation World Group II. The remaining countries are then divided into three regional Zones depending on their location – Americas, Asia/Oceania and Europe/Africa. Great Britain are currently in Europe/Africa Zone Group I, and are aiming to win a return to the World Group for the first time since 1993.

Promotion and relegation between World Group II and the regional Zones is decided by play-off ties, with losers from the first round of World Group II matches taking on the winners of the regional Zone Group I ties for a place in World Group II the following year.

Read more about the Fed Cup and the competition structure on the official Fed Cup website.

What's at stake?

The winning team from the play-off match in April will earn promotion to the World Group II for 2020.

How is a tie contested? 

Each tie is contested in a best-of-three rubbers format with all matches played in the same session. There are two singles matches followed by a doubles. The first singles match is played between the two second ranked players of those nominated by the Captains of the two teams, followed by a singles match between the two highest ranked players.

Nominations as to which players have been selected by their Captain to play in each tie will be announced shortly before each tie commences.

Who's in the British team?

Alongside established names, Great Britain has a new crop of talented young players breaking onto the world stage, giving the team a real blend of youth and experience. 

The full team which competed at the University of Bath and is captained by former Fed Cup player Anne Keothavong, is:

  • Johanna Konta
  • Heather Watson
  • Katie Boulter
  • Harriet Dart
  • Katie Swan

Get to know the British players by reading our Fed Cup player profiles!

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