For all those ‘stattos’ out there, get your teeth into this one. Ahead of Italy and USA doing battle in Reggio Calabria on 7-8 November, here is the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Final by numbers…
- This is the 47th Fed Cup Final since the competition began in 1963 and the 15th since the creation of the World Group in 1995. This is the 22nd Fed Cup Final played on clay.
- This is the 10th Fed Cup Final under the home-and-away format introduced in 1995. In the previous Finals under this format, the away team has a 5-4 win-loss record. Between 2000 and 2004, the semifinals and Final were played at the same venue.
- In total, 75 nations competed in the 2009 Fed Cup.
- Italy and USA – along with Australia, Czech Republic (competing as Czechoslovakia), Spain, Russia, France, Germany, Belgium, Slovak Republic and South Africa – both feature among the 11 nations to have lifted the Fed Cup trophy, which is commonly known as the Rose Bowl.
- This is the first time that Italy has played in a Fed Cup Final on home soil. On the two other occasions that the Italian team has reached the Final, it played away in Belgium (2006) and Russia (2007).
- This is the 10th meeting between the two nations, with USA leading Italy 9-0 in their series. The last meeting between the two nations was in 2003 when USA won 5-0.
- This is the sixth time that the two countries have met outdoors on clay. The other four ties have been contested on grass and hard courts. They have never faced each other indoors.
- Italy and USA are currently ranked No. 2 and No. 3 respectively in the Fed Cup Nations Rankings. Russia is ranked No. 1.
- Italy and USA played against each other in their first ever tie at the inaugural Fed Cup in 1963. Since then, Italy has compiled a win-loss record of 62-52 and USA a record of 138-28.
- Italy is bidding to win the Fed Cup for the second time after defeating Belgium 3-2 to win the title in 2006. This is its third appearance in the Final in the last four years.
- In Italy’s two previous Finals against Belgium (2006) and Russia (2007), its four-player team was the same: Francesca Schiavone, Flavia Pennetta, Mara Santangelo and Roberta Vinci, and captained by Corrado Barazzutti.
- If Italy defeats USA, it will become the eighth nation to win the title on two or more occasions after USA, Australia, Czech Republic (competing as Czechoslovakia), Spain, Russia, France and Germany.
- Italy defeated France and Russia to reach this year’s Final. Its semifinal victory ended Russia’s hopes of becoming the first nation since Spain in 1995 to win three consecutive Fed Cup titles.
- Having played at the first Fed Cup in 1963, Italy has competed in the competition for 47 years.
- USA is appearing in its 27th Fed Cup Final. It has won the title 17 times making it the most successful nation.
- Between 1976 and 1982, USA won the Fed Cup an unprecedented seven consecutive times. During this period, it set records for the most number of consecutive tie wins at 37 and most number of consecutive rubber wins at 64.
- USA is bidding to win the title in 2009 having won it in 1969, 1979, 1989 and 1999.
- Venus and Serena Williams both made their Fed Cup debuts against Italy in 1999. The sisters were undefeated during the tie which USA won 4-1.
- USA defeated Argentina and Czech Republic to reach this year's first Fed Cup Final, its first since 2003.
- USA won the inaugural Fed Cup in 1963 and, in total, has competed in the competition for 46 years.