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Who wins the Billie Jean King Cup 2020-2021?
Billie Jean King Cup 2020-21
The International Tennis Federation announced that the women's team competition known as the Fed Cup will be renamed the Billie Jean King Cup by BNP Paribas in 2021. Top players Simona Halep and Petra Kvitova were on hand to congratulate King, who won the competition 10 times as a player and coach.
"As a global campaigner for equality, who has dedicated her life to fighting discrimination, Billie Jean King perfectly represents the values of this competition," said International Tennis Federation President David Haggerty in a press conference. "This will be the first time that a global team competition will be named after a woman," Haggerty continued, confirming both the professional and junior editions of the competition will carry King's namesake. "It is the culmination of landmark reforms to raise the status of this competition and the women's game."
King became the competition's first-ever Global Ambassador in 2019, and will lend her namestarting 2021 when the Finals, postponed from 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will take place in Budapest, Hungary.
David Haggerty, ITF President, added this on the Fed Cup decision: “Earlier this year, we took the difficult but necessary decision to postpone the first edition of the new-look Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Finals in Budapest due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While it is regrettable that the finals will not be able to take place this year, we are confident that we will be able to host a superb event in Budapest in April 2021."
"In addition to the Laszlo Papp Arena being unavailable over the latter part of the year, there remain significant logistical and regulatory challenges that mean hosting an indoor mass gathering while guaranteeing the health and safety of all involved will not be feasible," a statement said.
They remain at the László Papp Arena in Hungarian capital Budapest, set to be played on an indoor clay court.
Twelve nations - including hosts Hungary, reigning champions France, the United States and Australia - will compete for the title, with the draw remaining the same.
Four regional events still to be played - two in Americas Group II and one each from Asia-Oceania Group II and Europe-Africa Group III - will now be played in 2021 with dates yet to be confirmed. The 2022 competition will return to its normal format from then onwards.
Other sports around the world have resumed play without spectators — the U.S. Open Grand Slam tennis tournament was played behind closed doors — but the ITF wants to sell tickets for the Billie Jean King Cup finals.
“Hosting the competition without fans was not considered a desirable option, given the unique atmosphere created by national supporters,” the ITF said.
Regardind the cancelled 2020 edition, while 10 of the 12 qualifiers were European nations -- the U.S. and Australia completed the field -- the logistics of such a large event would prove challenging, especially with nations at different stages in the pandemic.
Around 60 players, plus support staff, would have assembled in Budapest for the Finals. The ITF said hosting the event without fans had not been considered a desirable option.