Details confirmed for Fed Cup coverage from Bath

BT Sport and the Lawn Tennis Association have confirmed broadcast and streaming details for the Fed Cup ties held in Bath on 6-9 February.

BT Sport have covered Great Britain’s Fed Cup ties in the past.

BT Sport will be the exclusive TV broadcaster of the first home Fed Cup Tie to be hosted in Great Britain for twenty-six years. With Britain and Poland sharing hosting duties, the Europe/Africa Group 1 Tie will be staged at Bath University from Wednesday 6 to Saturday 9 February.

Fans can follow the GB Fed Cup team, led by captain Anne Keothavong and comprising of Johanna Konta, Katie Boulter, Heather Watson, Harriet Dart and Katie Swan, exclusively live on British television pn BT Sport 2. All of team GB’s matches will also be streamed live on the British Tennis Facebook page.

Great Britain have been placed in Group A alongside Hungary, Greece and Slovenia, whilst Serbia, Croatia, Turkey and Georgia will compete in Group B. Nations will play three round-robin ties on Wednesday to Friday, and Great Britain must finish top of their group in order to secure a place in Saturday’s play-off, where they would face the winner of Group B.

Clare Balding will host BT Sport’s live coverage of the Great Britain matches – two singles and one doubles – each day of the group stages, with the play off for the overall winner on the final day. Clare will be joined for analysis and commentary by current British player Laura Robson, former British number 1 Sam Smith, and Jo Durie who represented Great Britain in the last Fed Cup Tie to be held in the UK.

Simon Green, head of BT Sport said “The Fed Cup always generates fantastic support and atmosphere and we’re looking forward to bringing all of the GB action to viewers at home. We have put together our own top team packed full of knowledge and experience who will bring great insight and analysis along with all the excitement and atmosphere to our customers live from Bath in February.”

Scott Lloyd, LTA Chief Executive said “We are excited to partner with BT Sport in bringing the Fed Cup closer to fans for the first time in more than a quarter of a century. BT Sport are already home of WTA and seems only fitting they should follow our Fed Cup journey as we aim to get back into the world group. This is a key part of our new strategy to open up tennis by showcasing our women’s team and bringing world-class tennis to new and existing British fans.”

“I am also delighted to confirm that we will stream all of Great Britain’s matches from Centre Court during the week on our Facebook page.  This initiative is a key part of our new strategy to open up tennis by showcasing our women’s team and bringing world-class tennis to new and existing British fans.”

Great Britain have been placed in Group A alongside Hungary, Greece and Slovenia, whilst Serbia, Croatia, Turkey and Georgia will compete in Group B. Nations will play three round-robin ties (Wednesday-Friday) and Great Britain must finish top of their group in order to secure a place in Saturday’s play-off, where they would face the winner of Group B.

The winner of Saturday’s play-off will secure a qualification spot for the Fed Cup World Group II Play-Offs in April. The winning nation in Bath will be joined by the winner of the same zonal event in Poland, who is co-hosting the competition.