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Fed Cup: Now call it the Billie Jean King Cup!

ByRoborto Sykes

Sep 17, 2020
The Fed Cup is dead, long live the Billie Jean King Cup! The International Tennis Federation (ITF) announced on Thursday that the Fed Cup will be named Billie Jean King from 2021, the former American legend of the little yellow ball and spokesperson for the fight for women’s rights in his sport. As a symbol, the former world number 1 officially became last year ambassador of the fight for parity in tennis and priestess of the promotion of women’s tennis becomes the first woman to give her name to a world team competition .

I will never forget the joy I felt in 1963 when I became a member of the first Fed Cup team. It was a privilege to play for my country “, Remembers the former champion on her Twitter account, where she retweeted a message of congratulations from Monica Seles, one of her former players when she put on the captain’s tracksuit. ” A lot of my fondest memories are from when I competed in the Fed Cup with you at the helm. Thank you for everything you have done for our sport and beyond.

A change of name, but not only since the event, like the Davis Cup (its equivalent for men), is also changing to a new formula. And here too, the final phase will now be played over a single week. The first edition of the Fed Cup in its new format will take place in Budapest, Hungary, from April 13 to 18. Twelve teams will compete for the trophy and the jackpot, since the overall endowment will amount to 12 million dollars.

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