High stakes tennis meets the Copper Box Arena as Great Britain take on Sweden in the Billie Jean King Cup Play-Offs. See below for the latest ticket information.
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CONGRATULATIONS to Great Britain who saw off Sweden with a commanding 3-1 play-off victory at a packed out Copper Box Arena. Katie Boulter and Harriet Dart both registered key wins for GB who advance to the qualifiers next April where they will have a chance to secure a place in the 2024 finals.
Great Britain have a weekend date with destiny in their Billie Jean King Cup Copper Box Play-Off match against Sweden. Taking place on Saturday 11 – Sunday 12 November the mission is simple – win the tie and GB will go through to the 2024 Billie Jean King Qualifiers. The Play-Offs come after Great Britain lost out in their 2023 qualifying tie against France back in April.
The Billie Jean King Cup by Gainbridge is the World Cup of tennis. With more than 100 countries involved, it’s the largest annual international team competition in women’s sport. For more on the history of the tournament and the format see below.
Great Britain Team captain, Anne Keothavong, has announced her squad for GB’s Play-Off tie against Sweden. It features four players including British No.1 Katie Boulter, British No.2 Jodie Burrage, Harriet Dart and Heather Watson.
“I’m delighted that all of our strongest ranked players have made themselves available for the Billie Jean King Cup tie versus Sweden” said Keothavong.
“We are very excited to have yet another opportunity to play in front of a home crowd. Especially at the Copper Box Arena where the fans were so instrumental in helping get us over the line when we last played there a few years ago.
“Being able to captain this team is always a huge privilege. And to bring live tennis back to where I grew up, means a great deal to me on a personal level.”
A sell-out crowd is expected for what promises to be a noisy, emotional and memorable tennis tie at the venue known as the ‘Box That Rocks’ which stages an international team tennis tie for only the second time.
TICKETS, TIMINGS & TRAVEL INFO
Tickets are currently off sale.
Play starts at 2pm on Saturday 11 November and 12 midday on Sunday 12 November.
Travel tips: Public transport is recommended. The nearest railway station is Hackney Wick overground approximately a 10-minute walk. Stratford International station, accessible from London St Pancras, is approximately a 15-minute walk. Stratford (with links to the underground and DLR) station is about a 15-minute walk. Plan your journey at the Transport for London website. Limited parking is available at the Copper Box Arena, however parking is available at the nearby Westfield Shopping Centre.
ABOUT THE BILLIE JEAN KING CUP
The Billie Jean King Cup by Gainbridge, formerly known as the Fed Cup, is the World Cup of tennis.
In September 2020, the competition was officially named in honour of 39-time Grand Slam Champion King, who won it 10 times in her career: seven times as a player and four times as a captain (including once as a player-captain).
It offers players from around the world the chance to represent their country and, with more than 100 nations involved, is the largest annual international team competition in women’s sport.
How does it work?
The Billie Jean King Cup is split into four sections: the Finals, Qualifiers, Play-Offs and Groups.
The 12 leading teams contest the Finals at one location over six days. Further information on where and when the 2023 Finals will take place is still to come.
In order to make the Finals teams must win a Qualifier.
If they lose the Qualifier, they will have to compete in a Play-off tie for a spot in next year’s qualifiers. Great Britain’s next Play-off is against Sweden in November 2023.
More information on the format is available here.
* Billie Jean King Cup at the Copper Box background courtesy of the LTA website.
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