ITF announces 2009 Davis & Fed Cup dates
The ITF today announced the 2009 dates of Davis Cup by BNP Paribas and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas. Davis Cup occupies the weeks in the calendar already announced earlier this year, while the Fed Cup Final joins the Davis Cup Final outside the regular tour calendar for the first time since 2004. The full dates are as follows:
Davis Cup by BNP Paribas 2009
World Group 1st Round 6-8 March
World Group Quarterfinals 10-12 July
World Group Semifinals and Play-offs 18-20 September
World Group Final 4-6 December
Fed Cup by BNP Paribas 2009
World Group and World Group II 1st Round 7-8 February
World Group Semifinals and Play-offs 25-26 April
World Group Final 7-8 November
ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said: “Just as in Davis Cup, the Fed Cup Final will provide an outstanding season finale. The 2009 calendar as it stands sees Davis Cup and Fed Cup rounds spread out evenly throughout the year.”
Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is the largest annual international team competition in sport with 127 nations entered in 2008. The title sponsor is BNP Paribas, the Official Bank of Davis Cup. International sponsors are Rolex (Official Timekeeper), Turismo Madrid (Official Tourist Destination), Hugo Boss (Official Men’s Fashion Clothing Sponsor), Kia Motors (Official Car) and NH Hoteles (Official Hotel). International partners are NTT Communications (Official Managed Hosting Partner), Wilson Sporting Goods (Official Ball) and TTK (Official Licensing Partner).
Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is the largest annual international team competition in women’s sport, with 89 nations entered in 2008. The event was established in 1963 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the ITF. The title sponsor is BNP Paribas, the Official Bank of Fed Cup. Rolex (Official Timekeeper) and BoscoSport (Official Clothing Sponsor) are international sponsors, and Wilson Sporting Goods (Official Ball) an international partner.