April 16-17 Team USA fights to join World Group I

Team USA Fed Cup 2016

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What do you know about Fed Cup? Admittedly I know relatively little. Based upon that, I thought I should extend my knowledge base and learn a little.

I define Fed Cup as the women’s version of Davis Cup much like the WTA is the female version of the ATP. And after a modicum of research that is basically how I would still describe it.

A mere 40 years after the concept for a women’s team tennis competition was first introduced in 1923 by Mrs. Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman, Fed Cup was launched in 1963 by the International Tennis Foundation (ITF) as a way to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Fed Cup is now the world’s largest annual international team competition in women’s sport, with 99 nations taking part in 2015.

Since 1963 the USA has won more titles than any other nation, having been crowned 17 times. This includes seven straight victories between 1976-1982. The Australians are third on the all-time list with seven wins. So with this April’s Fed Cup match up of the USA versus Australia you can bet that both nations are hungry to come out on top and reenter World Group I in order to be eligible to compete for the crown.

The current champion is the Czech Republic. Between Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic they have won the title 9 times. The USA has not owned the title since 2000. They were runner up in 2009 and 2010. The last time in 2010 the championship was played in San Diego, California.

The current American team is captained by MaryJo Fernandez and consists of Venus Williams, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Coco Vandeweghe, and Slone Stephens. Their last match against Poland was played in beautiful Kailua Kona, Hawaii this past February where the USA had a comfortable 4-0 victory.

Personally I love team competition and when you are playing for your country I can’t think of any greater honor in sports, save perhaps representing your country in the Olympic games. (Which happen to be going on this year in Rio) I say “USA, USA, USA!” And I will wear my Wristpect Sport Free/Spirit wristbands with pride as I cheer for Team USA Fed Cup.

Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Coco Vandeweghe

I hope after reading this you feel you learned a little something about Fed Cup. I know I did. I am looking forward to April 16-17 and the showdown between the USA and Australia. C’mon! Let’s Go, Fight, Win!

 

USA! USA! USA! Vs. Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi, Oi, Oi!

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