Fed Cup by BNP Paribas

Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is the world's largest annual international team competition in women's sport with 98 nations entered in 2018.

The prestigious ITF event, which sits alongside Davis Cup by BNP Paribas in the men's game, gives players the chance to represent their country in an otherwise individual sport.

The competition was launched as the Federation Cup in 1963 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the ITF. An American team led by Billie Jean King won the inaugural title at The Queen's Club in London, and the event has continued to attract the best players in the women's game.

Among the all-time greats to represent their nation are Margaret Court, Virginia Wade, Evonne Goolagong, Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert, Hana Mandlikova, Steffi Graf, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, Lindsay Davenport, Monica Seles, Martina Hingis, Kim Clijsters, Justine Henin, Maria Sharapova, and Venus and Serena Williams.

The event title was shortened to Fed Cup in 1994 and the following year the format of the competition changed. The week-long finals were terminated in favour of a World Group and World Group II, and ties started being played on a home-and-away basis.

This system is still used today with eight nations contesting a World Group knock-out draw over three weekends during the year to decide who is crowned champion. The next eight nations compete in World Group II and the remaining nations are split into three regional Zones, with promotion and relegation up for grabs on an annual basis between all Groups.

BNP Paribas became Fed Cup's first Title Sponsor in 2005, mirroring the company's support of Davis Cup. The partnership started with a bang when France and Russia contested a classic Final in front of a packed Philippe Chatrier Court at Roland Garros. The other current partner is Adecco.

USA won its 18th Fed Cup title - but first in 17 years - when it defeated Belarus 3-2 in Minsk in the 2017 Final. CoCo Vandeweghe and Shelby Rogers clinched the title in a decisive fifth rubber.

USA is the most successful nation in the competition. Czech Republic is second with 10 wins, Australia is third with seven, then Spain is fourth with five.

For more information about Fed Cup by BNP Paribas, including drawsheets, results, news and photos, visit the competition's official website.

- FedCup.com

2018 Dates

World Group first round 10-11 February

- Belarus 2-3 Germany, Minsk
- Czech Republic 3-1 Switzerland, Prague
- France 3-2 Belgium, Mouilleron le Captif
- USA 3-1 Netherlands, Asheville

World Group II first round 10-11 February

- Slovakia 4-1 Russia, Bratislava
- Australia 3-2 Ukraine, Canberra
- Romania 3-1 Canada, Cluj Napoca
- Italy 3-2 Spain, Chieti 

World Group semifinals 21-22 April

Germany v Czech Republic, Stuttgart
- France v USA, 

World Group play-offs 21-22 April

Belarus v Slovakia
Romania v Switzerland, Cluj Napoca 
Australia v Netherlands,
Italy v Belgium, Genoa

World Group II play-offs 21-22 April

- Russia v Latvia,
Spain v Paraguay, 
Canada v Ukraine, Montreal
Japan v Great Britain, Miki

World Group Final 10-11 November

2017 Results

World Group first round 11-12 February

- Czech Republic 3-2 Spain, Ostrava
- USA 4-0 Germany, Maui, HI
- Belarus 4-1 Netherlands, Minsk
- Switzerland 4-1 France, Geneva

World Group II first round 11-12 February

- Russia 4-1 Chinese Taipei, Moscow
- Romania 1-3 Belgium, Bucharest
- Ukraine 3-1 Australia, Kharkiv
- Italy 2-3 Slovakia, Forli

World Group semifinals 22-23 April

USA 3-2 Czech Republic, Saddlebrook Resort, FL
Belarus 3-2 Switzerland, Minsk

World Group play-offs 22-23 April

France 4-0 Spain, Roanne
Russia 2-3 Belgium, Moscow
Germany 3-2 Ukraine, Stuttgart
Slovakia 2-3 Netherlands, Bratislava

World Group II play-offs 22-23 April

- Italy 3-1 Chinese Taipei, Barletta
Romania 3-2 Great Britain, Constanta
Serbia 0-4 Australia, Zrenjanin
Canada 3-2 Kazakhstan, Montreal

World Group Final 11-12 November

Belarus 2-3 USA, Minsk