Billie Jean King Cup Postponed

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Billie Jean King Cup Postponed

The premier team event in womens tennis, the Billie Jean King Cup, has been postponed.

It was due to be held in April in the Hungarian city of Budapest. However, given the current state of the coronavirus pandemic in Central Europe, it has been deemed that its not safe or viable to stage it on the panned dates. Instead, it will be rescheduled until later in the year, and the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and the Hungarian Sports Agency (HAS) are trying to find space in what is already a crowded tennis calendar.

The inaugural version of the 12-nation tournament, under its new name and format, was due to have been held in the same city last March, but was cancelled because of the global pandemic.

The ITF though has confirmed that the play-offs for the Qualifiers for next seasons Cup, which are also scheduled for April, will go ahead.

The event was previously known as the Federation Cup later shortened to just the Fed Cup.

It was first competed for in 1963, and quickly gained acceptance as the female equivalent of the Davis Cup.

The most successful team in the history of the competition has been the United States they have won it 18 times, with the Czech Republic next on the list with 11 victories, followed by Australia who have seven.

The defending champions are France who won it for the third time in 2019 the last time it was played under the Fed Cup name.

It was renamed the Billie Jean Cup last year in honour of the American tennis legend, who not only played for the US team in their inaugural win in 1963, but also played on six more victorious teams.

She is also known as prominent advocate of womens rights, and was one of the prime movers behind the successful campaign for women to get equal prize money in Grand Slam events.

Suneer chowdhary
Sports Pundit staff writer @suneerchowdhary
ICC-accredited cricket journalist, covers Team India through their cricketing journey around the world

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