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.
This year's BNP Paribas World Team Cup will be hosted across two venues, Baia di Conte and Alghero Tennis Club, both in Sardinia, Italy, on 1-7 May 2017.
2017 BNP Paribas World Team Cup Regional Qualifiers:
The four annual Regional Qualifiers take place as follows in 2017, with one men's team qualifying for the men's World Group and one women's team qualifying for the women's World Group.
AFRICAS: Nairobi, KENYA - 16th to 19th February 2017
Winnners: Men - Tanzania, Women - Kenya Report
ASIA & OCEANIA: Colombo, SRI LANKA - 26th February to 1st March 2017
AMERICAS: Quito, ECUADOR - 8th to 11th March 2017
EUROPE: Vilamoura, PORTUGAL - 21st to 25th March 2017
** Change to Entry Criteria from 2017 **
Following a period of consultation regarding the BNP Paribas World Team Cup, 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, Quad and Junior events for the BNP Paribas World Team Cup will remain unchanged.
2016 Entries and Final Results:
Following the completion of the regional qualifiers and the confirmation of wild cards, 51 teams from 29 countries contested the 2016 BNP Paribas World Team Cup at the Ariake Colosseum, Tokyo.
France won its seventh men's World Group title in the World Team Cup’s 32 year history, Netherlands won its 29th women's World Group title in 31 years, Australia won the quad World Group title on its debut in the quad event and USA won the junior event for the third time and for the second year in succession.
For all the final results, draws and scores from the round-robin and knockout phases of the event click here.
Men's World Group: FRANCE (S. Houdet, N. Peifer, F. Cattaneo & M. Jeremiasz)
Men's World Group 2: CHINA, P.R. (Z. Wei, S. Dong & J. Ding)
Women: NETHERLANDS (J. Griffioen, A. van Koot, M. Buis & D. de Groot)
Quad: AUSTRALIA (D. Alcott & H. Davidson)
Junior: USA (C. Herman, C. Ratzlaff & C. Stroud)
2016 BNP Paribas World Team Cup Event Website