January 1, 2017
Fed Cup is the largest international women's team sport in the world, with more than 100 nations competing each year.
The U.S. team has won 17 Fed Cup championships and carries with it more than 50 years of tradition, led by a group of women who play each tie with patriotic pride and passion.
Team USA has won the Fed Cup 17 times, more than any other nation. It last lifted the trophy in 2000, though it has contested the final three times in the past 15 years.
Several of the greatest female players of all time have represented the U.S. in Fed Cup play, including Serena Williams, who is a perfect 11-0 in singles play; Martina Navratilova, who never lost in 15 singles matches; and Chris Evert, who holds the U.S. record for the most matches player (42) and the most consecutive Fed Cup matches won (35). ADVERTISEMENT
Eight nations compete annually in the Fed Cup World Group I, contesting for that year's Fed Cup title. Eight additional nations compete in World Group II, bidding to return to the World Group, with the remaining nations competing in regional group play. Each year, the four World Group I first-round losers and World Group II first-round winners compete for the right to play in World Group I for the following year; the World Group I first-round winners automatically advance to World Goup I for the following year.
The format for a Fed Cup tie is as follows: two singles matches on Saturday, featuring each nation's No. 1 versus the other nation's No. 2, followed on Sunday by two reverse singles matches (No. 1 vs. No 1, No. 2 vs. No. 2), capped by the decisive doubles match.
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