Great Britain has been named as host of the Billie Jean King Cup finals this year, allowing the British women’s team to compete in the final stages of the competition, formerly known as the Fed Cup, for the first time since 1993. The event will take place on indoor courts at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow between 8 and 13 November.
In April, Great Britain were narrowly defeated by the Czech Republic in Prague but as the event’s hosts they are entitled to a wildcard, joining Australia, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Italy, Kazakhstan, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland and the US.
The format for the 12-nation competition will be four round-robin groups of three, with the winner of each group advancing to the semi-finals. The defending champions, Russia, have been removed from the competition in light of the invasion of Ukraine.
The traditional home and away format of the competition ended after 2019. The revamped BJK Cup finals were initially supposed to be held for three years in Budapest from 2020, but the first year was canceled due to Covid, then Hungary dropped out as hosts last year .
The removal of Hungary has meant that for the past two years the hosts have been chosen at late notice. According to the Lawn Tennis Association’s major events director, Chris Pollard, the LTA is hoping to host the event for three years, with the intention of staging it in different cities. While prize money in the competition has been significantly reduced since Budapest claimed to boast a total purse of $18m in 2020, it is a multimillion-dollar commitment for the LTA.
“We have said that we were ambitious to bring more major events to Great Britain and raise the profile of tennis across the whole year, and I’m delighted that Glasgow will be hosting the Billie Jean King Cup finals as well as the Davis Cup finals froup stage this year,” said Scott Lloyd, chief executive of the LTA.
Glasgow will also host group stages of the Davis Cup in September, shortly after the US Open, and the Laver Cup will be held at the O2 Arena in London one week later.