Prague to host rescheduled BJK Cup Finals

The Czech Republic is set to host the Billie Jean King Cup by BNP Paribas 2021 Finals from Monday 1 to Saturday 6 November, the ITF has announced, after the event was originally scheduled to take place in Budapest, Hungary in April 2020 and subsequently twice postponed because of the pandemic.

I am already looking forward to being in Prague for the climax to the women’s team tennis season. The O2 Arena has witnessed outstanding Billie Jean King Cup action in the last 10 years, and I look forward to history being made again on court later this year. David Haggerty, ITF President

The 2021 Finals will be hosted by the ITF in partnership with the Czech Tennis Association and played on indoor hard courts at the O2 Arena in Prague.

The hosting agreement to stage the finals in Budapest from 14-19 April, 2020, which was postponed until 13-18 April 2021, was cancelled earlier this year after the Hungarian Tennis Association sent a letter to the ITF confirming it was not feasible to stage the event due to COVID-19 safety concerns.

“I am already looking forward to being in Prague for the climax to the women’s team tennis season,” ITF President David Haggerty said. “The O2 Arena has witnessed outstanding Billie Jean King Cup action in the last 10 years, and I look forward to history being made again on court later this year.

“I thank the Czech Tennis Association and the Czech Republic government for their collaboration and continued commitment to women’s tennis at the highest level, as well as the ITF Board and the Billie Jean King Cup Committee for their unwavering support.”

CTS President Ivo Kaderka, who stood against Haggerty in the last ITF Presidential election, added: “Together with the ITF, I know that the CTA and our partners will deliver a spectacular event.

“I would like to express my gratitude to the government of the Czech Republic for supporting sport in general, including tennis and the BJK Cup Finals in Prague.”


The Fed Cup was rebranded in 2020 in recognition of Billie Jean King's achievements in winning the competition a combined 10 times, as either a player or a captain

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Changes to the draw for the 2021 edition see former host nation Hungary replaced in Group A by Canada, the highest-ranked winning nation at the Billie Jean King Cup Play-offs in April this year, who will compete alongside defending champions France and the Russian Tennis Federation (RTF) team.

The following group draws remain as published: Group B – Australia, Belarus, Belgium; Group C – USA, Spain, Slovakia; and Group D, in which Czech Republic is the seeded team and will play against Germany and Switzerland.

The tournament is set to take place prior to the Davis Cup Finals in Turin, Innsbruck and Madrid, due to run from 25 November to 5 December.

The Czech Republic has hosted previous editions of the competition at the O2 Arena over the last decade, with the hosts winning the 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2018 Fed Cups on home soil.

Billie Jean King, Global Ambassador, said: “It’s an honour to represent this historic competition and I want to thank the ITF and the Czech Republic for doing everything in their power to stage this year’s women’s World Cup of Tennis despite the challenging circumstances.

“I wish each nation and every athlete the best of luck, and to give your all in Prague this November as you compete for the chance for your nation to become world champions.”


Defending champions Team France won the Fed Cup in 2019, defeating hosts Australia in at the RAC Arena in Perth

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