Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is the women's premier international team tennis event.
This prestigious event, which is one of the cornerstones of the tennis calendar, gives players the chance to represent their country in an otherwise individual sport.
Launched as the Federation Cup in 1963 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the ITF, it has continued to attract the best players in the women's game. The event title was shortened to Fed Cup in 1994.
Fed Cup was originally played as a week-long knockout event but has been played on a home-and-away basis since 1995.
Please click on the following links for more information on the Structure and History of the competition.
International Tennis Federation
The competition is managed and run by the International Tennis Federation (ITF), the world governing body of tennis.
The objective of the ITF is:
- to further grow and develop the sport worldwide.
- to develop the game at all levels at all ages for both able-bodied and disabled men and women.
- to make, amend and uphold the rules of the game.
- to promote the International Team Championships and competitions of the ITF.
- to preserve the integrity and independence of tennis as a sport.
- to perform all without discrimination on grounds of colour, race, nationality, ethnic or national origin, age, sex or religion.
The ITF has over 200 member National Associations - more than most other international sporting federations. Member nations come from every continent, and each association is involved in organising tennis and promoting the interests of the game.
The ITF also owns and runs Davis Cup by BNP Paribas, the largest annual international team competition in world sport.
For more information, please visit the ITF website - ITFTennis.com,or the official Davis Cup website - DavisCup.com.