Spain already knows who they will face to fight for a place in the next Billie Jean King Cup Finals, which will be played from November 8 to 13, 2022, in venue to be determined (Prague aspires to repeat). That is why there are nine series and an invitation is reserved that can be for the host if it is not one of the classified countries. The draw held yesterday in the press room of the O2 Arena in the Czech capital, where the first champion will win today with the new format of the old Federation Cup, revealed that the team’s rival in the qualifying phase is the Netherlands. The tie will be played by the Spanish team, which was seeded, the April 15-16, 2022 away from home, since the choice of soil was made in this case by lottery.
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The legendary tennis player who gives its name to the competition and the president of the International Tennis Federation (ITF), David Haggerty, were present at the simple ceremony in which the crosses were raffled, including that of the Navy against a team whose highest ranked player is Arantxa Rus (62nd in the world), and other lesser known tennis players such as Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove (152nd), Arianne Hartono (233rd), Richel Hogenkamp (237th) and doubles player Demi Schuurs (12th in the doubles ranking).
The rest of the series are: Australia-Slovakia, Italy-France, United States-Ukraine, Czech Republic-Great Britain, Belarus-Belgium, Kazakhstan-Germany, Canada-Latvia and Poland-Romania.
Anabel Medina, captain of the Spanish team, made an assessment about the opponent for AS: “I am satisfied with the result of the draw, because there were very powerful rivals and there was the possibility of having to make a distant trip, which would have been worse for calendar purposes. We respect the Netherlands, who will play for the first time without Kiki Bertens, who is retired this year, and who has a fit player like Rus, who is a good burial, and a top doubles player like Schuurs. ” The Valencian trusts “in the possibilities of Spain”. “We have a very wide range of players and we are a tough team. From now on, we will start preparing for that tie.” In almost total probability, next year the WTA Finals will be played before the BJKC Finals, so that the Medina could have all the players available.