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Some of the nation’s top women’s tennis players are expected to come to San Antonio as the city hosts a Fed Cup matchup between the United States and Switzerland on April 20-21 at the Freeman Coliseum, the USTA announced Tuesday.
The equivalent of the Davis Cup in men’s tennis, the Fed Cup is the largest annual international team competition in women’s sport. During the past two years, the United States team has included world No. 10 Serena Williams, No. 37 Venus Williams, No. 4 Sloane Stephens, No. 17 Madison Keys and No. 25 Danielle Collins.
Teams will name their players at least 10 days before the event.
The competition in San Antonio will be a best-of-five match series across two days. The top two players from each team will face each other on the opening day of competition, then will switch opponents for singles matches the second day. A doubles match closes the competition.
The matches will be played on a temporary indoor hard court at Freeman Coliseum.
The Fed Cup is made up of two World Groups and two World Group playoffs, plus various Zone Groups. The top eight teams compete in the World Group, playing head-to-head matchups in a tournament format to determine a champion.
The four teams that lose the opening round of the World Group fall to the World Group playoffs — the event coming to San Antonio in April — to face the four winning teams from World Group II. The winners of the World Group playoffs will be promoted to compete in the World Group in the 2020 Fed Cup, while the losers of the World Group playoffs will be relegated to World Group II.
The United States began play in the World Group but lost 3-2 to Australia on Feb. 9-10. As a result, the U.S. dropped to the World Group playoffs. Switzerland moved up to the World Group Playoffs by beating Italy 3-1 in the first round of World Group II.
“We’re thrilled San Antonio has been chosen to host the first Fed Cup competition in Texas,” Russ Bookbinder, President & CEO of San Antonio Sports, said in a release. “We’re confident in our team’s ability to stage premier events and feel San Antonio’s well-earned reputation for hospitality will make this a first-rate experience for the players, USTA and fans alike.”
Other Women’s Tennis Association tournaments that week include the BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup from April 22-28 in Istanbul, Turkey, and the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix from April 22-28 in Stuttgart, Germany.
Tickets for the Fed Cup event in San Antonio will go on sale March 1 via Ticketmaster. The SABÉR Research Institute out of San Antonio’s St. Mary’s University estimates the Fed Cup will generate an economic impact of $3.6 million on the region, according to a USTA release.
“Texas has such a rich history with the sport of tennis, and we’re very excited to bring Fed Cup to San Antonio for the first time,” USTA Chairman of the Board and President Patrick Galbraith said in a release. “This competition not only gives us a chance to bring world-class tennis to San Antonio but to also engage with the community and our local partners to use this platform to grow the game in the area.”