The Fed Cup or as it is now called the Billie Jean King Cup is one of the most popular women’s tennis tournaments in the world. It is a team competition wherein, the participating nations send in their best squad for a chance to reach the famed World Group and eventually, become the Fed Cup champions. Every year, some of the biggest players participate in the tournament, further adding to the popularity of the tournament.
The event starts in early February and runs through the remainder of the year, with the final taking place in November. Broadly speaking, there are two parts of the tournament – the main draw and the qualifying draws.
In the main draw, we see eight teams split into four brackets, with each of them competing against each other to reach the final and eventually, be crowned as the champions.
As for the qualifying draws, we see multiple teams spread across several tiers and zones, competing against each other to rise through the ranks and eventually reach the play-offs for the main World Group. It is interesting to note that these qualifying matches are played to decide the contenders in the following year’s Fed Cup.
Over the years, the likes of Serena Williams, Angelique Kerber, Petra Kvitova, Simona Halep, Karolina Pliskova, and many more players have represented their countries in the tournament. We can expect the 2019 edition to go along the same lines.
2021 Fed Cup Schedule and Dates
The exact schedule for the 2021 Fed Cup will be released soon enough.
The tournament qualifying round will be played between February 7 and 8, with 16 teams participating in this round. More details around this will be released soon.
Team List for 2021 Fed Cup
The player list for 20121 Fed Cup will be released by the participating nations a few days before the matches start. However, we do have the World Group qualifying confirmed which are as follows:
- Brazil v Poland
- Great Britain v Mexico
- Serbia v Canada
- Latvia v India
- Japan v Ukraine
- Romania v Italy
- Argentina v Kazakhstan
- Romania v Italy
- Netherlands v China
What Happened at the Previous Fed Cup?
Fourth seeded France beat Australia in the final of the 2019 Billie Jean King Cup, winning the clash 3-2. They had earlier gone past Romania and Czech Republic – in what was one of the biggest upsets of the competition.
Australia had earlier dumped out USA in the last eight, before getting past Belarus, the third seed.
The World Group of Fed Cup 2018 started with Belarus going up against Germany, the Czech Republic playing host to Switzerland, Belgium facing France and lastly, the Netherlands going up against the United States.
With the sole exception of Belarus, which was the top seed that year, the remaining three seeds moved to the semifinals. Over there, the Czech Republic faced Germany while France welcomed the United States team to Aix-en-Provence.
In an interesting turn of events, two of the strongest teams in the competition – the U.S and the Czech Republic, won their respective ties to set up the final clash.
The U.S. were the defending champions but the Czechs had plans of their own to snatch the title away from them. Katerina Siniakova and Barbora Strycova took their side to a stunning 3-0 victory and won the 11th Fed Cup title for their nation. It is worth mentioning that since 2011, the Czechs have won six Fed Cup titles.
Previous Fed Cup Winners
2011: Czech Republic
2012: Czech Republic
2014: Czech Republic
2015: Czech Republic
2016: Czech Republic
2017: United States
2018: Czech Republic
Watch the Fed Cup Live Online
You can watch (and bet) on the Fed Cup live streaming with bet365.com. Here’s how you can do it in a few simple steps:
- Go to www.bet365.com
- Register with www.bet365.com (or log in to you account)
- Pre-fund your account by depositing $10 (or equivalent currency). You can either let that remain in your account or should have bet in the 24 hours before the live streaming
- Select the Fed Cup live streaming option by clicking on Live Streaming on the top
This site requires you to register with them and then either deposit a sum of $10 into your account (or register as mentioned here) or watch the live streaming by betting on any sport in the past 24 hours. Remember geo-restrictions might apply.
Alternately, you can also follow the tournament live on the official website of Fed Cup – fedcup.com. Simply visit the website and click on ‘Live Centre’ to be directed to the live streaming page.
Watch the Fed Cup 2021 Live on TV
The TV guide for the tournament will be updated a few days before the event starts.