The BNP Paribas World Team Cup is the wheelchair tennis equivalent of the Davis Cup and Fed Cup. There are divisions for men, women, quads and a junior event supported by the Cruyff Foundation.
It is held annually with a different nation playing host each year.
2016 BNP Paribas World Team Cup Regional Qualifiers:
The four annual Regional Qualifiers take place as follows in 2016, with one men's team qualifying for men's World Group II and one women's team qualifying for the women's World Group.
AFRICAS: Nairobi, KENYA - 18th to 21st February 2016
Winnners: Men - Morocco, Women - Morocco Report
ASIA & OCEANIA: Colombo, SRI LANKA - 27th February to 1st March 2016
Winnners: Men - China, P.R., Women - China, P.R. Report
AMERICAS: Cuenca, ECUADOR - 5th to 8th March 2016
Winnners: Men - Colombia, Women - Brazil Report
EUROPE: Antalya, TURKEY - 22nd to 26th March 2016
Winnners: Men - Greece, Women - Russia Report
For a full list of entries, including wildcards, for the 2016 BNP Paribas World Team Cup, click here.
** Change to Entry Criteria from 2017 **
Please note that 2016 will be the last year with the existing criteria format for entry to the BNP Paribas World Team Cup. Following a period of consultation regarding the event, the ITF Wheelchair Tennis Committee has approved the following changes to the entry criteria for the Men’s division to allow for more venues and nations to be in a position to host the event.
From 2017 onwards, there will be only one MWG made up of 16 teams as follows:
• Nations placed 1-10 in MWG in 2016 will gain direct entry for 2017.
• Four (4) nations will receive entry through winning the regional qualification events. In the event of there being only three (3) qualification zones, the remaining position will be given to one of the other qualification zones.
• The remaining two (2) positions will be awarded as Wild Cards; one (1) to the Host Nation and one (1) to the winner of the MWG2 division from the 2016 BNP Paribas World Team Cup. In the event of the Host Nation already having direct entry to the event, this Wild Card will be awarded to a nation at the discretion of the ITF Wheelchair Committee.
• Nations placed 11 & 12 in MWG in 2016 as well as all MWG2 Nations placed 2-12 will be relegated and be required to qualify the following year.
Please note that the entry criteria for the Women’s, Quads’ and Juniors’ divisions for the BNP Paribas World Team Cup will remain unchanged.
2015 BNP Paribas World Team Cup
In 2015 the wheelchair tennis flagship event took place at Club Alibey Manavgat, Turkey, from 25th to 31st May 2015. The World Team Cup returned to this fantastic venue which hosted this event previously in 2010 and 2013.
A total of 52 teams from 28 countries contested the 2015 BNP Paribas World Team Cup, with the event celebrating its 30th anniversary.
Great Britain won its first men's World Group title in the event's 31 year history, Netherlands won its 28th women's World Group title in 30 years, USA won the quad World Group for the ninth time and also won the junior event for the second time and for the first time for 15 years.
For all the final results, draws and scores from the round-robin and knockout phases of the event click here.
Men's World Group: GREAT BRITAIN (G. Reid, M. McCarroll, D. Phillipson & A. Hewett)
Men's World Group II: SPAIN (D. Caverzaschi, M. de la Puente, R. Chamizo & F. Tur)
Women: NETHERLANDS (J. Griffioen, A. Van Koot & D. de Groot)
Quad: USA (D. Wagner, N. Taylor, G. Hasterok, B. Barten)
Junior: USA (C. Herman, C. Stroud & C. Ratzlaff)
The World Team Cup was created in 1985 due to the growth of foreign participation in the US Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships. It began more as a fun event that was used as a warm-up tournament the weekend before the US Open. It was also felt that it would create international camaraderie and one day the tournament would stand on its own. Just six men's teams competed in the inaugural event with women joining the competition with two teams the following year.
By 1991, the US Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships and the World Team Cup had grown beyond anyone's expectations and having the events back-to-back was too much. It was hard on the tournament organisers and the top players and it was felt the time had come to move to a new location and a different time of year.
Following discussions at the IWTF Annual General Meeting, Belgium said that they would love to hold the event and in 1992, the World Team Cup moved outside the USA for the first time. The event has now been staged in 16 different countries and is a massive stand-alone tournament with over 300 participants and around 150 additional guests and coaches each year.
BNP Paribas became the title sponsor for the event in 2012, following 15 years of sponsorship by Invacare.
"There is no question that representing your country while playing sport is an extremely exciting and rewarding feeling, one that only a select few will ever experience. The World Team Cup gave wheelchair tennis a new meaning when it first occurred in 1985 and the sport truly became international."
- Brad Parks, USA