Fed Cup: Revamped tournament could be held as soon as April 2020

Big Britain are one victory some distance off from the World Personnel stage beneath the most up-to-date Fed Cup layout

A revamped Fed Cup Finals – that contains 12 groups – would be up and working as early as subsequent April.

BBC Sport understands venues in Europe, the Heart East and on the east cruise of the USA are for the time being being sought.

The World Tennis Federation (ITF) has asked for ‘expressions of hobby’ by the stay of this week.

The Davis Cup – the males’s identical crew rivals – has already undergone important reform.

A $3bn (£2.29bn), 25-365 days partnership has been agreed with Kosmos, the investment neighborhood basically based by the Barcelona defender Gerard Pique.

This November, 18 groups will compete for the title and $20m (£15.24m) of prize cash within the inaugural finals in Madrid.

The tempo of Fed Cup reform has been some distance slower, with Martina Navratilova telling the BBC the rivals has seriously change an “after-knowing.”

Two separate World Groups of eight groups, and the command of winning promotion from zonal competitions, has long frustrated gamers and captains.

The ITF has, though, doubled the prize cash at World Personnel stage this 365 days, and is now pursuing per week-long Finals that contains 12 groups. It is hoped prize cash will equal that of the Davis Cup.

Eight dwelling and away qualification ties are expected to be staged in February, which methodology 20 groups will uncover the likelihood to be enthusiastic every 365 days.

In an interview with BBC Sport last month, Pique recommended the Davis Cup and Fed Cup would possibly furthermore seriously change a blended tournament within the “shut future”. It is no longer yet known whether Kosmos desire to be inflamed by the ITF’s plans for 2020.

The Fed Cup, which became basically based in 1963, is an main annual world crew rivals in ladies folks’s sport

Under the most up-to-date principles, Big Britain are one preserve some distance off from a return to the World Personnel for the first time since 1993. Promotion to World Personnel 2 would possibly maybe be the prize for victory towards Kazakhstan at London’s Copper Field Enviornment in April.

Nonetheless, if the rivals is reformed in time for subsequent 365 days, then a preserve towards Kazakhstan would almost surely guarantee the involvement of Anne Keothavong’s crew.

“The ITF is devoted to bettering the Fed Cup ladies folks’s crew tennis rivals,” the organisation acknowledged in an announcement.

“Nothing has been made up our minds, nonetheless the ITF has been discussing formats with nations and gamers to elongate the size of the Fed Cup World Personnel to 16 nations.

“Following the 2018 AGM, the ITF launched a 100% lengthen in Fed Cup prize cash compensation from 2019, and stated that it became making adjustments to Fed Cup for 2020.”

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