Collins, Kenin, Keys, Stephens and Townsend to represent U.S. at 2023 BJK Cup Finals
The roster for Kathy Rinaldi's final ties as the captain of the U.S. Billie Jean King Cup team is set. Danielle Collins, Sofia Kenin, Madison Keys, Sloane Stephens and Taylor Townsend will represent the U.S. at the 2023 Billie Jean King Cup by Gainbridge Finals, from Nov. 7-12 in Seville, Spain.
International Tennis Hall of Famer Lindsay Davenport will take over the U.S. captaincy in 2024. Rinaldi has led the U.S. to an 11-5 record in ties, including the 2017 championship, the 2018 Finals and the 2021 semifinals. The U.S. boasts a record 18 titles in the competition all-time and will seek to add to its all-time haul next month with a roster of two Grand Slam singles champions, two other runners-up, and a player in Townsend who boasts a career-high Top 5 ranking in doubles.
All five of Rinaldi's players are returning to Billie Jean King Cup action, with Collins and Kenin having been part of the team last time out in April when the U.S. blanked Austria in the qualifying round to secure its berth in the Finals.
In fact, since the competition debuted a new Finals format of a single-site round-robin and knockout at the end of the 2020-21 cycle of competition, this group has also been heavily featured. Collins, Keys and Townsend were on Rinaldi's team at the 2022 Finals, played in Glasgow, Scotland, while Collins and Stephens also played the 2021 Finals in Prague. In the old format, Kenin made her U.S. Billie Jean King Cup debut in the 2018 Finals, when the U.S. lost to the Czech Republic.
The six-day Finals at the Estadio de La Cartuja in Seville will feature 12 teams drawn into four groups to compete in a round-robin format, with group winners advancing to the knockout semifinals. The U.S. was drawn into Group A and will play defending champions Switzerland (Thursday, Nov. 9, 4 p.m. local time) and the Czech Republic (Friday, Nov. 10, 4 p.m. local time) with hopes of advancing to the knockout rounds.
The U.S. in 9-0 against Switzerland all-time in Billie Jean King Cup play, though the two nations did not play for nearly 20 years between 1993 and 2019. The last tie between the two teams was a 3-2 thriller in the World Group Play-Offs in 2019, which the U.S. won on home soil in San Antonio, Texas. The Czechs, meanwhile, sit behind the U.S. in all-time Billie Jean King Cup titles with 11, and six as an independent nation. All time, the U.S. is 10-4 against the Czech Republic and, formerly, Czechoslovakia, but the U.S. has lost its last two meetings with the Czechs: in the 2018 Finals, 3-0, and last year in round-robin play in Glasgow, 2-1.
Each tie will be a best-of-three competition with two singles matches and one doubles match. The full field, schedule and ticketing information is available at billiejeankingcup.com.
In conjunction with its 2023 Billie Jean King Cup Finals, the ITF is seeking to empower woman entrepreneurs in the sports industry who has a vision to change the game. Applications for the Tory Burch Foundation Sports Fellowship powered by Advantage All, the ITF's flagship gender equity initiative, Billie Jean King and Billie Jean King Cup close on Nov. 17.