The International Tennis Federation (ITF) announced the draws for the 2018 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group and World Group II play-offs, which will be held on 21-22 April.
Fed Cup by BNP Paribas competition is 55 years old, founded in 1963. It is the World Cup of Women Tennis and is the largest annual international team competition in women’s sport, with 99 nations entered in 2018.
- Belarus (s) (c) vs Slovakia
- Romania (c)* vs Switzerland (s)
- Australia (c) vs Netherlands (s)
- Italy (c) vx Belgium (s)
WORLD GROUP II PLAY-OFFS
- Russia (s) (c)* vs Latvia
- Spain (s) (c)* vs Paraguay
- Canada (c) vs Ukraine (s)
- Japan (c)* vs Great Britain (s)
[s] = seed, [c] = choice of ground, [*] = choice of ground decided by lot
The seeds were based on the new ITF Fed Cup Nations Ranking of 12 February. The deadline for confirmation of the play-off venues is 6th March.
The four winners of the World Group play-offs will qualify for the 2019 World Group, while the four losers will contest the 2019 World Group II. The four winners of the World Group II play-offs will qualify for the 2019 World Group II, while the four losers will contest their respective Zone Group I events in 2019.
The 2018 World Group and World Group II play-offs will take place alongside the World Group semifinals on 21-22 April. In the semifinals, Germany will be at home to Czech Republic, and France will be at home to USA. The deadline for confirmation of the semifinal venues is 26 February.
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