USTA Press Release, March 23, 2017
The USTA announced Wednesday that tickets for the 2017 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Semifinal between the United States and the Czech Republic will go on sale to the general public on Friday, March 31, at 10 a.m. ET. An exclusive presale for USTA members will take place from Tuesday, March 28, to Thursday, March 30.
The best-of-five match series will be played at Saddlebrook Resort in Tampa Bay, April 22-23, on an outdoor clay court. Tampa Bay will be hosting Fed Cup for the first time. The U.S. Fed Cup team has contested a number of previous ties in Florida, however, competing in Delray Beach in 2005, 2007 and 2013, and in Aventura in 1995. The U.S. Fed Cup team has never lost a tie played in Florida.
From Friday, March 31, through Friday, April 21, both single-day and two-day ticket packages will be sold. Two-day ticket packages for both Saturday and Sunday play will be sold at reduced prices ranging from $60 to $150 ($30 to $75 per day), representing the greatest initial ticket value. Single-day tickets for Saturday or Sunday play will be sold with prices ranging from $35 to $80 per day.
Tickets may be purchased by visiting www.usta.com/fedcup.
Play begins on Saturday, April 22, at 11:30 a.m., with two singles matches. On Sunday, play will continue, starting at 10:30 a.m., with two reverse singles matches and the doubles match. A revised schedule for Sunday may take place if a team clinches in the third or fourth match. Tennis Channel will present live daily coverage.
The winner of this matchup will advance to the Fed Cup Final, Nov. 11-12. The U.S. Fed Cup team made its last appearance in the final in 2010, falling to Italy, 3-1, in San Diego. The U.S. won the last of its record 17 Fed Cup titles in 2000. The Czech Republic has been dominant in Fed Cup in recent years, winning five titles in the last six years (2011-12, 2014-16).
U.S. Fed Cup Captain Kathy Rinaldi will select the four players to represent the U.S. on Wednesday, April 12. The U.S. is likely to be led by world No. 9 Madison Keys, 2017 Australian Open semifinalist Coco Vandeweghe, and 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist Bethanie Mattek-Sands. The Czech Republic is likely to be led by 2016 US Open finalist Karolina Pliskova and world No. 2 doubles player Lucie Safarova.
The USTA has partnered with the Saddlebrook Resort to bring this event to Tampa Bay. The USTA is also calling for Fed Cup volunteers. To apply to be a volunteer, individuals can now visit www.usta.com/fedcup for additional information.
The U.S. holds a 9-2 head-to-head record over the Czech Republic in Fed Cup play. The U.S. last faced the Czech Republic in the 2009 World Group semifinals in Brno, Czech Republic, winning the tie, 3-2, in a fifth-and-decisive doubles rubber to go to the final. The Czech Republic has not defeated the U.S. in Fed Cup competition since 1985.
The U.S. is 39-6 all-time in Fed Cup ties played at home and holds an overall 147-36 record.