The Australian Open is over but the tennis season has only just begun!
I’m glad you asked! Fed Cup! I have to admit that I really struggle to understand how Fed Cup or Davis Cup really works with the various groups. What I do know is this: the United States will begin the defense of its title Saturday, February 10 and Sunday, February 11 in Asheville, NC against the Netherlands.
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The US won its title last this past November against Belarus in Minsk. This was Team USA’s first title since 2000. It was a hard fought match spearheaded by Coco Vandeweghe. Coco won both of her singles matches and clinched the title by teaming up with Shelby Rogers and winning the doubles match.
The U.S. Fed Cup team has played in North Carolina on three prior occasions with a current record of 2-1. Add to that the U.S. holds a 6-2 head-to-head record over the Netherlands in Fed Cup play. The last time these two teams met was in 1998 when Team USA defeated the Netherlands 5-0.
U.S. Fed Cup Captain Kathy Rinaldi has selected all four players to represent Team USA. Back from her recent leave of absence will be Serena Williams who is joined by sister Venus Williams, Coco Vandeweghe, and Lauren Davis. Speaking of player selection; oh well, that is a very different blog…
The best –of-five match series begins with two singles matches on Saturday, Feb. 10 followed by two reverse singles matches and the doubles match on Sunday, Feb. 11.
The winner will advance to the Semifinals April 21-22.
The Finals are scheduled for November 10-11.
Look for Tennis Channel to present live daily coverage.
Or if you planned ahead you will be there to watch in person because it has sold out.Whatever you do, don’t miss it!