U.S. headed to Glasgow for 2022 Billie Jean King Cup Finals
Next stop: Glasgow. The U.S. Billie Jean King Cup team will join 11 other nations in Scotland in November to compete at the 2022 Billie Jean King Cup by BNP Paribas Finals. Emirates Arena will host the competition from Nov. 8-13, and one country will leave holding the Billie Jean King Cup.
Great Britain is hosting the Finals of the competition, formerly called Fed Cup, for the fourth time in history. The first event was held at London's Queen's Club in 1963, where Billie Jean King led the U.S. to the inaugural title; in later years, Eastbourne (1977) and Nottingham (1991) were given the honor.
The U.S. booked its spot in the Finals with a 3-2 victory over Ukraine in Asheville, N.C. in April's qualifying round. Jessica Pegula and Asia Muhammad clinched the tie for the U.S. by beating Dayana Yastremska and Lyudmyla Kichenok in the fifth and final match. More than $225,000 was generated for the Tennis Plays for Peace initiative, supporting humanitarian relief efforts for the war in Ukraine, in conjunction with the tie.
Team USA has won a record 18 titles in the competition since the event began as Fed Cup in 1963, and bids for its first title in five years in November. 2022 is the second year of a new format for the Finals: The 12 nations will be divided into four round-robin groups of three, and the group winners will advance to the semifinals. Each tie consists of two singles matches and a deciding doubles match.
Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Great Britain, Italy, Kazakhstan, Poland, Slovakia, Spain and Switzerland will join the U.S. in Scotland. Eleven of those nations qualified by winning their Qualifiers this spring, while Great Britain earns the allotted wild card as the host nation; led by US Open champion Emma Raducanu, the Brits previously lost to the Czech Republic in April.
Further news on tickets and the Finals draw will follow in the coming months. For more information, including access to player and historical records, visit the USTA's Billie Jean King Cup homepage of the official Billie Jean King Cup site.