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.
The 2016 BNP Paribas World Team Cup was held at the Ariake Colosseum, Tokyo, from 23-28 May. This wass the first time that the event has been held in Japan.
Following the completion of the regional qualifiers and the confirmation of wild cards 51 from 29 countries ontested the 2016 BNP Paribas World Team Cup in 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
2016 BNP Paribas World Team Cup Regional Qualifiers:
The four annual Regional Qualifiers took place as follows in 2016, with one men's team qualifying for men's World Group 2 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
** 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.