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The ITF has announced the nominations for the men's, women's, quad and junior events at the 2013 BNP Paribas World Team Cup at the Club Ali Bey Manavgat in Antalya on 20-26 May. Netherlands is defending its women’s and junior titles, while France is the defending men’s champion and Israel the defending quad champion.
A total of 52 teams from 28 countries are contesting five events:men’s World Group (12 nations), men’s World Group II (12 nations), women’s World Group (12 nations), quad event (8 teams) and junior event (8 teams). Netherlands is defending its women’s and junior titles, while France is the defending men’s World Group champion and Israel the defending junior champion.
Regional qualifying events were held in Kenya, Turkey and USA, with men’s teams from Canada, Greece and Nigeria, and women’s teams from South Africa and Spain joining the direct entries and wild cards.
The World Team Cup is the ITF’s flagship wheelchair tennis event, often referred to as the Davis and Fed Cups of wheelchair tennis. The initial event took place in California in 1985 involving six men’s teams. The women’s competition began the following year, with quad and junior events introduced in 1998 and 2000 respectively. The ITF introduced regional qualifying for the men’s and women’s events in 2012.
The seeds for each event are based on the combined rankings of the top two singles players from each nation, using the ITF ranking of 13 May 2013.
The junior seeds are based on the combined rankings of the top two singles players from each nation, using the latest Cruyff Foundation Junior Ranking. Where a junior team includes players on the girls' singles ranking, girls' rankings are doubled for the purpose of calculating the junior seeds.
In the event that the combined rankings are the same for two different nations in any one event, the higher seeding is given to the nation with the highest ranked individual player.
The opening ceremony and draw will take place on Sunday, 19 May. Matches start on Monday, 20 May.
To download the men's, women's, quad and junior nominations for the 2013 BNP Paribas World Team Cup, please click on the links to the PDF files below.