While the final phase of the Fed Cup 2021 has been postponed indefinitely, the city of Budapest has announced to the International Tennis Federation that it no longer wants to host it.
When and where will the French Fed Cup team defend their title acquired in November 2019 in Australia? Impossible to know to this day! While the final phase of the competition, which is now called “Billie Jean Cup” and which takes place on the same model as the Davis Cup (qualifying and a final phase with many teams), was canceled in 2020 in due to the coronavirus pandemic, it should have taken place in mid-April 2021 in Budapest. But it has been postponed again, indefinitely. And this Tuesday, Reuters reveals that the capital of Hungary will not host the final phase when a date is finally found. Indeed, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the organizers announced on April 22 to the International Tennis Federation (ITF) that they were not able to receive the event, scheduled at the Laszlo Papp Arena. The ITF on Sunday informed the twelve countries that qualified for the finals that Budapest was withdrawing. In addition to finding a date, which is not an easy task, the International Federation will therefore have to quickly find a place to welcome the best players in the world.
Complicated draw for the French
Recall that the draw for the final phase of the 2020 edition of the Fed Cup took place on February 11, 2020, before the start of the pandemic, and that it has not been modified for the 2021 edition. . France, defending champion, inherited Russia and Hungary (who were automatically qualified as host countries, but that could therefore change), within Group A. Group B consists of Australia, Belarus and Belgium, group C of the United States, Spain and Slovakia, and group D of the Czech Republic, Germany and Switzerland. Only the first team from each group will qualify for the semi-finals.