Billie Jean King Cup requires new host

May 5, 2021
    Add a header to begin generating the table of contents
    Scroll to Top
    Share on facebook
    Share on whatsapp
    Share on telegram

    France celebrate winning the 2019 tournamentFrance defeated Germany to be crowned 2019 Fed Cup champions

    The Billie Jean King Cup Finals must find a new home after the International Tennis Federation terminated its contract with host city Budapest.

    The inaugural 12-team competition, due to take place in April 2020, was cancelled because of coronavirus.

    This year's event has been postponed until the end of the season, leaving the ITF a small window to secure a new host in very uncertain times.

    Any new deal is likely to be significantly inferior financially.

    The three-year agreement with Budapest provided $12m (£8.6m) per year for the players and a further $6m (£4.3m) for national federations.

    The Hungarian Tennis Association (HTA) wrote to the ITF on 22 April to say this year's event could not be staged safely as a result of Covid-19.

    • Great Britain beat Mexico to move closer to Billie Jean King Cup Finals
    • Fed Cup renamed Billie Jean King Cup

    The letter also strongly suggested the money promised could no longer be justified and that previous commitments would need to be carefully examined to ensure they represented good value for the taxpayer.

    The ITF said: "After working together in good faith for the past year, we were surprised and disappointed to be informed that the HTA no longer considers it possible to hold the event in Budapest.

    "Given the timing, the ITF has been left with no other option than to end the hosting agreement with Hungary and explore an alternative solution.

    "The ITF will do everything in its power – for the sport, the players, nations, and the fans – to ensure this landmark competition in tennis and women's sports will be held as soon as it is reasonably practicable."

    This year's event had been pencilled in for early November, at the completion of the WTA Tour season, with the 2022 Finals due to take place just five months later.

    Time is of the essence as the ITF tries to safeguard the future of the 58-year-old competition, which until recently was known as the Fed Cup.

    • Live scores, results and order of play
    • Alerts: Get tennis news sent to your phone

    Around the BBC iPlayer banner

    • Dreaming Whilst Black: Why Kwabena's dream job might mean risking it all
    • Castro vs the World: Fidel Castro's Cuba as told by the spies, revolutionaries and diplomats who shaped it

    Around the BBC iPlayer footer

    Source

    Ashley Barty – Sofia Kenin
    Tennis
    Prediction for the match Ashley Barty – Sofia Kenin

    Sofia Kenin has never played in the semifinals of the Grand Slam tournament before. Hence, it will be significant competition for her. The American had …

    Stefanos Tsitsipas - Milos Raonic
    Tennis
    Prediction for the match Stefanos Tsitsipas – Milos Raonic

    Previous game Tsitsipas did not play in the second round of the tournament because his opponent had withdrawn before the match. In the first round, …

    Ilya Ivashka – Kevin Anderson
    Tennis
    Prediction for the match Ilya Ivashka – Kevin Anderson

    Sportsmen’s shape Ivashka confidently qualified for this tournament. There were problems in the second round in the match with Kudla, but Ilya solved them and …

    Subscribe
    Notify of
    guest
    0 Comments
    Inline Feedbacks
    View all comments
    Our News
    Follow Us
    • Bookmakers Bonus
    Fonbet

    Registration bonus up to 250 Euro!

    Winmasters
    Parimatch
    Sign up for our Newsletter
    Logo for footer
    18+

    Copyright 2019 © All rights Reserved.

    0
    Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
    ()
    x
    This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website.