Great Britain qualify for the Billie Jean King Cup finals after Glasgow is chosen host city
Great Britain have qualified for the 2022 Billie Jean King Cup after Glasgow was chosen as the host city.
The Great Britain team, lead by former British number one Anne Keothavong, looked set to miss out of this years tournament after losing to Czech Republic in a qualifier back in March, but will now be a part of the 12-team tournament.
Great Britain will be joined in the finals by Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Italy, Kazakhstan, Poland, Spain, Slovakia, Switzerland and the United States.
Defending champions Russia are banned from international tennis due to the countries invasion of Ukraine.
The finals are set to be held on the hard courts at Emirates Arena from November the 8th to the 13th, making it the fourth time that Great Britain has hosted the event.
Discussing Great Britain’s inclusion in the finals of the tournament, which was previously known as the Fed Cup, Anne Keothavong admitted to the team’s excitement of playing in front of their home crowd and also the impact the tournament will have on women’s tennis in the UK.
“This is an fantastic opportunity to build the profile of women’s tennis and focus attention on women’s sport,” Keothavong said.
“The entire team are very excited about playing in front of a home crowd and hearing some loud support across the whole week.”
Glasgow will also be one of four cities to host the group stages of the Davis Cup – the men’s equivalent of the Billie Jean King Cup – later this year.
Reflecting on the news, Lawn Tennis Association chief executive Scott Lloyd told reporters, “We have said that we were ambitious to bring more major events to Great Britain and raise the profile of tennis across the whole year.
“This gives us a great chance to open up tennis to more people, and create special memories that we hope will inspire the next generation of players.”
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