LONDON, August 21, 2019 (Press Release)
The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has today announced the Draw for the 2020 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Qualifiers to be held on 7-8 February next year.
The eight winning nations in the Qualifiers will compete in the 2020 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Finals in Budapest on 14-19 April. They will join the two finalists from the 2019 competition – Australia and France – as well as hosts Hungary, and Czech Republic, which was awarded a wild card for the Finals last week. The eight losing nations will compete in the 2020 Fed Cup Play-offs, held during the same week as the Finals.
Qualifier ties will consist of four singles matches and one doubles match, with all matches played over the best-of-three tiebreak sets. Two singles matches will be played on Friday 7 February, with the two reverse singles matches followed by the doubles match on Saturday 8 February.
The draw is as follows:
2020 Qualifiers (7-8 February)
USA (s) (c*) v Latvia
Netherlands (c) v Belarus (s)
Romania (s) (c*) v Russia
Brazil (c*) v Germany (s)
Spain (s) (c) v Japan
Switzerland (s) (c) v Canada
Belgium (s) (c*) v Kazakhstan
Slovakia (c*) v Great Britain (s)
(s) denotes seeded nation
(c) denotes choice of ground
(*) denotes choice of ground determined by lot
ITF President David Haggerty said: “Today’s draw is the start of a new chapter for Fed Cup by BNP Paribas and it is very exciting that 20 teams will begin next season with the chance to be crowned Fed Cup champions. The Qualifiers will be the first step on the road to Budapest and I am sure that this will be evident from the passion on display from both players and fans at the eight ties. I would like to wish all nations competing in the Qualifiers the best of luck.”
To watch the video of the draw, visit the Fed Cup website.