November 26th, 2019

U.S. Fed Cup Team, Possibly All-Florida, to Host Latvia in 2020 Opener

General News Pro Tennis

The U.S. has drawn Latvia in the qualifying round of the 2020 Fed Cup, and if the Americans rally their Top 3 players it will be an all-Florida line-up between No. 10-ranked Serena Williams (Palm Beach Gardens), No. 13 Madison Keys (Orlando), and No. 14 Sofia Kenin (Pembroke Pines).

Everett, Wash., and the Angel of the Winds Arena will be the site of the contest on Feb. 7-8, 2020, the first time Washington state will host a Fed Cup tie.

Latvia’s Top 3-ranked players are No. 27 Anastasija Sevastova, No. 45 and former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, and No. 247 Diana Marcinkevica.

“As a native Washingtonian, I’m thrilled to see Fed Cup come to Washington for the first time,” said USTA Chairman of the Board and President Patrick Galbraith, a Tacoma native. “Washington has such a vibrant tennis community, and this competition gives us a chance to bring world-class tennis to Everett, engage with the community and use this platform to truly celebrate and grow tennis in the area.”

On Friday, Feb. 7 the nations will face off in two opening singles matches with two reverse singles matches and a decisive doubles match, if necessary, set for Saturday, Feb. 8.

The eight winning nations in the 16-team qualifier advance to the 2020 Fed Cup Finals in Budapest on April 14-19. The new-format Fed Cup Finals qualifying teams will join defending champion France, 2019 runner-up Australia, the host nation Hungary and wild card Czech Republic.

Other Fed Cup Qualifying Round matches will be Belarus at Netherlands, Russia at Romania, Germany at Brazil, Japan at Spain, Canada at Switzerland, Kazakhstan at Belgium, and Great Britain at Slovakia.

The U.S. last won the Fed Cup in 2017, and in 2018 lost in the final to the powerhouse Czech Republic.

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