Madison Keys, Alison Riske, Christina McHale, and Lauren Davis will face defending champion team Italy February 8 and 9 in Cleveland in the season's opening World Group Fed Cup tie. Playing for Italy will be Karin Knapp, Camila Giorgi, Nastassja Burnett, and Alice Matteucci.
Both Serena Williams and Sloane Stephens are injured, and the usual members of the Italian team have asked for a rest from Fed Cup.
Here are the other World Group teams:
Spain vs. Czech Republic:
Carla Suarez Navarro
Slovak Republic vs. Germany
Australia vs. Russia
Hmmm, nice to see that all the problems with the Russian Fed Cup team have now been cleared up. :\
So many first-timers in the ITA/USA tie!
I'm reallly looking forward to this Fed Cup. Lots of new or "newish" players. Fed Cup brings out the best in them. But where is Panova?!
Is there going to be another Fed Cup live U.S. blackout? If there is, I'll be really angry. Last year, they didn't even tell us and I bought a pass, then had to ask for a refund. what the hell kind of agreement blacks out U.S. viewers--or any viewers--anyway?
I saw on the Fed Cup TV site that live streaming is again available worldwide. I hope that's really the case. Sent a letter to ITF.
Speaking of TV coverage, I see that Tennis Channel is airing a huge block of programming on most days this week called "Center Court" that, from what I saw today, looks like it can move around to various live matches in different tournaments, along with studio commentary in between with TC personnel.
Is this new? I don't remember it before. It seems like a very good idea.
Yes, Center Court is a whole new concept and looks very good so far.
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