Great Britain to host Billie Jean King Cup Finals after cashing in on Emma Raducanu glory
Great Britain has been confirmed as the host of this year’s Billie Jean King Cup finals. The ‘world cup of women’s tennis’ will be held in Glasgow from November 8 to 13 after the LTA reportedly bid around £10million for the chance to stage the event on home soil following Emma Raducanu’s US Open success. It means Britain will also compete in the finals despite losing their recent qualifier tie to the Czech Republic.
The LTA and ITF have officially confirmed that Great Britain will be the host nation of the finals week of the Billie Jean King Cup this November – 31 years since they last hosted the tournament. The LTA had reportedly spent around £10 million bidding to receive the right to stage the tournament this year following the rise in interest in women’s tennis thanks to Raducanu.
The finals will be staged in Glasgow’s Emirates Arena from November 8 to 13, with Great Britain becoming the 12th and final nation to compete for the trophy as a result of being the host nation, despite losing their qualifier tie 3-2 to the Czech Republic in April.
It means home fans will get another chance to see Raducanu on home soil if she is called up for Britain’s squad which is very likely following her debut in the team during the qualifier earlier this year. Team Great Britain will be joined by Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Italy, Kazakhstan, Poland, Spain, Slovakia, Switzerland and the USA.
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