USTA Press Release, June 12, 2018
The Czech Republic will host the United States for the 2018 Fed Cup Final November 10-11 at the 10,700-seat O2 Arena in Prague on a temporary indoor hard court.
The U.S. is the defending Fed Cup champion and is bidding to win back-to-back Fed Cup titles for the first time since 1999-2000. The U.S. is 10-2 all-time vs. the Czechs and defeated a young Czech squad in the 2017 Semifinals in Tampa, Fla., en route to winning its record 18th Fed Cup title.
The Czech Republic has won five Fed Cup titles over the last seven years, four of which have come on a hard court inside the O2 Arena in Prague, the country’s capital and largest city (vs. Serbia in 2012, Germany in 2014 and Russia in 2015).
World-class players have played big roles in both teams’ First-Round and Semifinal victories this year.
The U.S. defeated the Netherlands, 3-1, in the First Round in Asheville, N.C., led by singles victories from world No. 9 Venus Williams and No. 16 CoCo Vandeweghe, and beat France, 3-2, in the Semifinals in Aix-en-Provence, France, on the strength of singles victories from No. 4 Sloane Stephens and No. 10 Madison Keys.
The Czechs defeated Switzerland, 3-1, in the First Round at the O2 Arena and Germany, 4-1, in the Semifinals in Stuttgart. World No. 8 Petra Kvitova has won all four of her singles matches this year for the Czech Republic, while No. 7 Karolina Pliskova won a singles match against the Germans.