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Draw Made For 2020 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Qualifiers

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has today announced the Draw for the 2020 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Qualifiers to be held on 7-8 February next year.

The eight winning nations in the Qualifiers will compete in the 2020 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Finals in Budapest on 14-19 April. They will join the two finalists from the 2019 competition – Australia and France – as well as hosts Hungary, and Czech Republic, which was awarded a wild card for the Finals last week. The eight losing nations will compete in the 2020 Fed Cup Play-offs, held during the same week as the Finals.

Qualifier ties will consist of four singles matches and one doubles match, with all matches played over the best-of-three tiebreak sets. Two singles matches will be played on Friday 7 February, with the two reverse singles matches followed by the doubles match on Saturday 8 February.

The draw is as follows:

2020 Qualifiers (7-8 February)
USA (s) (c*) v Latvia
Netherlands (c) v Belarus (s)
Romania (s) (c*) v Russia
Brazil (c*) v Germany (s)
Spain (s) (c) v Japan
Switzerland (s) (c) v Canada
Belgium (s) (c*) v Kazakhstan
Slovakia (c*) v Great Britain (s)

(s) denotes seeded nation
(c) denotes choice of ground
(*) denotes choice of ground determined by lot

ITF President David Haggerty said: “Today’s draw is the start of a new chapter for Fed Cup by BNP Paribas and it is very exciting that 20 teams will begin next season with the chance to be crowned Fed Cup champions. The Qualifiers will be the first step on the road to Budapest and I am sure that this will be evident from the passion on display from both players and fans at the eight ties. I would like to wish all nations competing in the Qualifiers the best of luck.”

To watch the video of the draw, visit the Fed Cup website.

Quadre, Sylvester Are CBN Tennis Champions

Teen sensation, Oyinlomio Quadre, clinched her first Central Bank of Nigeria Open singles crown on Saturday with a resounding 6-0,6-1 win over Christy Agugbom while defending champions Sylvester Emmanuel retained his men’s singles title with a 6-4, 6-4 triumph over Abdulmumin Babalola.

A packed final at the Centre Court of the National Tennis Centre, Abuja saw the Morocco-based Quadre dominated the clash to announce her arrival at the top of domestic stage. Quadre, one of the best talents in junior tennis in Africa in recent times, said she would work harder knowing that all eyes are on her.

“I’m very happy to win my first CBN title; this is a dream comes true for me because CBN is one tournament that every Nigerian player cherished,” said the 16-year-old

In the men’s singles final, Babalola’s chase for a record seventh CBN Open title was dashed by Emmanuel, who has now cemented his position as the undisputed top player in Nigeria. The champions each pocketed N700, 000 while the finalists got N500, 000.

Quadre also paired Mary Tenu-Michael to beat the duo of Agugbom and Blessing Samuel to clinch the women’s doubles with Babalola and Lawal Shehu clinching the men’s doubles at the expense of Joseph Imeh and Christian Paul.

Alex Adewale and Kafayat Omisore both clinched the men’s and ladies’ singles in the wheelchair tennis with Adewale clinching his sixth-successive title by beating Wasiu Yusuf 6-1, 6-0 while Omisore edged Chituru Nwazuru 4-6, 6-4, 11-9.

CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, says the apex bank is totally committed to the sponsorship of the tournament.

Emefiele, who was represented by CBN Head of Corporate Communications, Isaac Okoreafor, said the championship has served as the springboard to limelight for Nigerian tennis players and CBN are determined to take it to a higher level.

OYINLOMO QUADRE

NTF president, Ifedayo Akindoju, pointed that there has been tremendous players’ improvement pointing that the emergence Quadre, who defeated a hosts of experienced players on her way to the title, is an attestation to the impact that the tournament has made over the years.

He commended the CBN for its unremitting support for Tennis in Nigeria pointing to their sponsorship of the CBN Juniors which is in its 16th year.

A host of high-profile personnel including the immediate NTF president and former Minister of Sports, Engr. Sani Ndanusa, CAT Zone 2 Vice President and NTF board member, Mr. Yemi Owoseni, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Sports, Adesola Olusola, Director Federation of Elites Athletes, Mrs Tayo Oreweme, Director ITA Godwin Kienka and top CBN officials attended the final.

ITF Announces SANDEVER as Global Development Partner for Beach Tennis

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has today announced SANDEVER as Global Development Partner for Beach Tennis. SANDEVER, the new Decathlon dedicated brand for Beach Tennis equipment will provide Beach Tennis ‘Superkits’ to ITF member nations who are keen to adopt, develop and grow Beach Tennis.

SANDEVER Superkits will include all the equipment required to set up a Beach Tennis court – a court kit, 4 paddles and 6 stage 2 balls – and provide nations with the tools needed to start playing and promoting the sport of Beach Tennis. 200 Superkits, adaptable for sand and grass, will be available through this new partnership.

Paolo Ceraudo, SANDEVER Beach Tennis Leader, added: “SANDEVER is the new Decathlon brand, born for Beach Tennis. We want to encourage people to discover Beach Tennis all over the world. Our products are designed by beach tennis players, for beach tennis players. Our obsession is to imagine the best products to make each beach tennis session a great experience.

“To become partners of ITF is exactly what we wrote in our mission. SANDEVER is very happy to collaborate with ITF, together we will actively help Beach Tennis grow worldwide with our products. We believe in this healthy, fun and energic sport. This partnership is the start of a great collaboration. We will work hard to achieve the best future for this wonderful sport.”

ITF Beach Tennis Manager, Farivar Tanhai said: “The signing of SANDEVER as Global Development Partner for Beach Tennis is indeed a momentous achievement for our sport. Their clear enthusiasm for Beach Tennis and its promotion worldwide means we will be able to reach more nations and explore more avenues to develop and grow this truly dynamic, exciting and entertaining sport. We hope this is the start of a long-standing partnership and friendship with SANDEVER and look forward to working with them to achieve a brighter and better future for Beach Tennis.”

ITF ANNOUNCES BILLIE JEAN KING AS AMBASSADOR FOR FED CUP BY BNP PARIBAS

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) today announced Billie Jean King, former World Number One, 4-time Fed Cup winner and 4-time US Fed Cup Captain, pioneer for inclusion and equality and founder of the WTA, as the first-ever global Ambassador for the world’s largest annual women’s team sports competition and figurehead of the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas brand.Committed to driving inclusion and equality in tennis, the ITF has integrated its flagship women’s team competition with the federation’s gender equality initiative, Advantage All. Through its Advantage All programme, the ITF aims to build Fed Cup as a platform to drive awareness about gender equality in tennis and empower future women leaders.

Billie Jean King, Fed Cup Ambassador, said: “It’s simple. I love Fed Cup. My memories of playing Fed Cup and the friendships I forged at that time, remain many of my strongest and most cherished. This is a unique competition and a powerful global brand built upon the value of team performance and spirit. I am proud to be a driver of this movement and work together with the ITF to champion equality in tennis.”

Katrina Adams, Fed Cup Committee Chair, ITF Gender Equality in Tennis Committee Chair, ITF vice president was delighted to add, “Billie Jean King’s name is synonymous with women’s tennis, equality and inclusion. Through Billie’s work in tennis and other sports, we can build a bridge with all women’s sports. Work is underway at the ITF and with its major stakeholders to build a bigger, better and bolder Fed Cup competition and we have ambitions for the brand. We believe that with Billie alongside us, this is a sign of great things to come.”

ITF President David Haggerty said: “We are thrilled that Billie Jean King has chosen to join the ITF on this journey. Billie’s involvement not only elevates Fed Cup as a driver of equality but in our commitment to fulfil the pledge we made to our National Associations during the 2018 AGM that we will unlock the full potential of the ITF women’s competition in a way that will provide greater investment into the future of the sport.”

The ITF Gender Equality in Tennis Committee launched its Advantage All programme at the 2018 ITF AGM. The long-term strategy is framed around five themes: balanced participation opportunities; leadership; culture; value; voice. Already since 2018, the ITF has funded several initiatives promoting women in leadership, coaching and officiating.

· Billie Jean King announced as Global Ambassador for Fed Cup by BNP Paribas

A key initial focus in 2019 is creating awareness about the rewarding and exciting courtside and off-court careers in tennis for women and the pathway to get there. The ITF initiative covers a wide range of professions within the scope of its global organisation, administration and operations, including coaching, officiating and leadership.

The Committee will also be developing a programme for leadership training and mentoring. The ITF will take a leadership role, encouraging National Tennis Associations to join the movement and, via provision of tools, materials and guidance, help them form their own national Gender Equality in Tennis Committees and implement initiatives in their local areas.

Ultimately, Advantage All will develop long-term programmes and actions that promote equality, inclusion and diversity in tennis, and sport generally.

Rakuten To Become Global Partner For Davis Cup

Rakuten, a global leader in e-commerce, communications and fintech, becomes Global innovation and Entertainment partner and Global Presenting Partner for Davis Cup

The competition will be renamed the Davis Cup by Rakuten

Rakuten, Inc. and Kosmos Tennis have today announced a multiyear agreement with the International Tennis Federation (ITF) for Rakuten to become the Global Innovation and Entertainment Partner and Global Presenting Partner for the Davis Cup in 2019 and 2020.

Under the terms of the agreement, the competition will be renamed the Davis Cup by Rakuten. The partnership agreement links the Davis Cup and Rakuten until 2020, with the option of a further two-year extension. Rakuten will have high visibility in the Finals and Qualifiers.

Mickey Mikitani, Chairman and CEO, Rakuten, Inc. said, “By becoming the global partner of the Davis Cup, Rakuten has taken another important step forward in our mission to inspire and empower people across the globe. We are firm believers in the power of sport to bring people and communities together, and to inspire optimism and innovation.”

David Haggerty, ITF President, said, “We are delighted to welcome Rakuten as Global Presenting and Global Innovation and Entertainment partner. The Davis Cup has always been about maintaining tradition while embracing innovation. Adopting new technologies for the Davis Cup is allowing us to enter exciting new partnerships, and we look forward to working with Rakuten to reach a global audience in new and diverse ways.”

Javier Alonso, CEO Kosmos Tennis, said, “Having Rakuten as the main sponsor of the event is great news for the Davis Cup, the World Cup of Tennis. Innovation and entertainment is key both Rakuten and Kosmos. We are excited about working together to create new engagement formulas of interaction with the fans both inside and outside of Caja Mágica in order to improve their experience with the Davis Cup Qualifiers and the Madrid Finals.”

ITF Announces Dates For The 2019 Lagos Open

The International Tennis Federation has released the dates for the 19th edition of the Lagos Open.

The men’s and women’s hard-court event will run from October 7 to 20 at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan.

The Lagos Open is a $100,000 tournament on the ITF World Tennis Tour and comprises two legs, which will hold for a week each, with $50,000 ($25K for the men’s and women’s event each) the prize-money for each week. The first leg will hold from October 7 – 13, while the second leg will get underway immediately, from the 14 – 20.

photo credit: Lagos Open Tennis

It will be the first time the event will run under the new ITF World Tennis Tour format, which was introduced in March, 2017 and implemented this year.

Under this new format, the tournament will be known as M25 Lagos for the men’s event and W25 Lagos for the women’s. M and W denote the gender and 25, the prize-money.

Last year, in the men’s singles, Tom Jomby of France won the first leg, while Britain’s Jack Draper, who was 16 years old at the time, clinched the singles title in the second leg, beating Tom Jomby in an epic final.

The Lagos Open is the follow up to the Abuja Open which serves three weeks of top class action starting with the Tombim Open, Dayak Championship and the GSL Open a combined $75,000 + Hospitality prize-money event which is part of the ITF World Tour.

ITF Launches New Digital Campaign #MyCourt

The ITF has launched a new digital campaign to showcase that our sport is accessible and enjoyable to all, no matter your background – all you need is a racquet and a ball.

Over the coming weeks, the ITF will shine a light on the impact tennis has had on countless lives around the world – from a national federation wiped out and rebuilt in south-east Asia, to octogenarians representing their nation on the world stage; and from new landmarks in wheelchair tennis, to the work the sport’s leading players do to give back to tennis and the community.

More information can be found via the ITF website

To be part of MyCourt, email your stories, pictures and videos to mycourt@itftennis.com, or use the hashtag #MyCourt on social media.