USTA National Campus to Host U.S. vs. Belgium BJK Cup Event April 12-13
December 12, 2023
ORLANDO, Fla. – The USTA announced that the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla., will host the U.S. vs. Belgium Billie Jean King Cup by Gainbridge Qualifying competition April 12-13, 2024, a best-of-five match series with the top pro women’s players from the U.S. and Belgium competing to advance to the 2024 Billie Jean King Cup Finals.
Billie Jean King Cup is the ‘World Cup of Tennis,’ with more than 100 nations competing every year in women’s tennis’ premier national team competition. This is the highest level of professional tennis to be hosted at the USTA National Campus and the first time Orlando has hosted a Billie Jean King Cup event.
The Qualifying event is one of eight being held around the world in April, with the winners of each advancing to the Finals next November in Seville, Spain, to compete for the title. The United States leads all nations in all-time titles, with 18.
The Qualifier is a best-of-five match series that begins Friday, April 12, at 6 p.m., with two singles matches featuring each country’s top two singles players. Two reverse singles matches and a doubles match will follow on Saturday, April 13, at 2 p.m., with an amended Saturday schedule possible if one nation clinches victory in the third or fourth singles match.
The Qualifying event will mark the first for Tennis Hall of Famer Lindsay Davenport as team captain, and she’ll nominate a team of five players to compete against the Belgians. The U.S. currently has eight players ranked in the singles Top 50, and both reigning US Open champion and world No. 3 Coco Gauff and world No. 5 Jessica Pegula played in last year’s Qualifying, held in Delray Beach. The final team nominations will be made in March.
“Bringing the ‘World Cup of Tennis’ to Orlando and the USTA National Campus for the first time is an incredible opportunity,” said Lew Sherr, CEO and Executive Director, USTA. “Our goal is to deliver an unforgettable and inspiring experience for both the players and the fans, as the uniqueness and excitement of this competition set at our world-class facility makes for an unprecedented platform to elevate and grow the game.”
Ticketing information will be announced at a later date. Local sponsorship opportunities are available, and interested parties should contact the USTA’s Megan Rose ([email protected]). Wilson is the official ball of the U.S. Billie Jean King Cup team.