U.S. to Host Poland in the 2016 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas
5 Jun, 2015
World Group II First Round Next February
The United States Fed Cup Team will kick off their 2016 Fed Cup campaign by hosting Poland in the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group II First Round, February 6-7. The International Tennis Federation conducted the draws for the World Group and World Group II today at the FFT Museum at Roland Garros in Paris.
The winner of this match advances to the World Group Playoff, held April 16-17, to compete for a spot in the 2017 World Group. The losing nation will play in the World Group II Playoff next April to remain in World Group II in 2017. The U.S. will compete in World Group II in 2016 for just the third time since the World Group format was instituted in 1995 (the U.S. competed in World Group II in 2012 and 2015).
The United States holds a 3-0 record over Poland in Fed Cup. The U.S. last faced Poland in the 1990 World Group First Round in Atlanta, sweeping the tie, 3-0. The U.S., who also faced Poland in 1974 and 1980, has never lost a point in Fed Cup to Poland. This will be the United States’ first home tie since 2014, as the team competed on the road against Argentina and Italy this year.
Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of Tennis. It is the largest annual international team competition in women’s sport, with approximately 100 nations taking part each year. The U.S. leads all nations with 17 Fed Cup titles, the last coming in 2000. The U.S. holds an overall 144-36 record.
Wilson is the official ball of the U.S. Fed Cup Team.
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