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The Serbian team has chosen to play on an indoor hard court surface for the tie in February

Montreal, October 9, 2020 – The Serbian Tennis Federation announced on Friday that the upcoming Billie Jean King Cup by BNP Paribas play-off tie between Canada and Serbia will take place at the Kraljevo Sport Hall in Kraljevo, Serbia, and will be disputed on an indoor hard court. The choice of surface was made by the Serbian team for the tie that will take place on February 5 and 6, 2021. The player nominations will be announced at a later date

This will be the fourth meeting between these two teams, with the Serbian team leading the head-to-head with two wins. Canada was victorious in their last encounter by a score of 3-1 in the World Group II first round in 2014. They also met in 2011 when Serbia edged out a 3-2 win in the World Group II first round tie, clinching victory in the decisive doubles match as well as in 1980, when Serbia competed as Yugoslavia. Canada is currently ranked no. 16 in the rankings after losing out to the no. 11 ranked Swiss team by a score of 3-1 in the Qualifiers this past February. The Canadian team was made up of Bianca Andreescu (Mississauga, ON), Eugenie Bouchard (Montreal, QC), Leylah Annie Fernandez (Laval, QC) and Gabriela Dabrowski (Ottawa, ON).

For their part, Serbia emerged as one of the winners from the Europe/Africa Zonal Group in February and is currently ranked no. 19 in the world. The nation’s best result was back in 2012 when they reached the final, narrowly losing out to the Czech Republic.

The winner of this tie will earn a spot in the Billie Jean King Cup Qualifiers in 2022 while the losing nation will be relegated to their respective regional Group I.

Originally slated to take place this past April, the Billie Jean King Cup play-offs are being disputed in February 2021 after being postponed due to the ongoing global pandemic.

BILLIE JEAN KING CUP PLAY-OFFS
February 5-6, 2021

Poland* vs. BRAZIL
Mexico* vs. GREAT BRITAIN
Serbia vs. CANADA
LATVIA* vs. India
JAPAN* vs. Ukraine
ROMANIA* vs. Italy
Argentina* vs. KAZAKHSTAN
NETHERLANDS* vs. China

The host nations are listed first, the seeded nations are in capitals.
*Host nations determined by lot. 

About Billie Jean King Cup by BNP Paribas The Billie Jean King Cup by BNP Paribas is the women’s World Cup of Tennis. Previously known as the Fed Cup, it is the largest annual international team competition in women’s sport, with 116 nations entered in 2020. The competition is 57 years old, having been founded in 1963. The inaugural Billie Jean King Cup by BNP Paribas Finals will take place in Budapest, Hungary on 13-18 April 2021. The Finals will feature 12 teams – the two finalists from 2019, the host nation, a wild card and eight qualifiers. 
About Tennis Canada Founded in 1890, Tennis Canada is a non-profit, national sport association with a mission to lead the growth of tennis in Canada and a vision to become a world-leading tennis nation. We value teamwork, passion, integrity, innovation and excellence. Tennis Canada owns and operates the premier Rogers Cup presented by National Bank WTA and ATP Tour events, four professional ATP and ITF sanctioned events and financially supports four other professional tournaments in Canada. Tennis Canada operates junior national training centres/programs in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary. Tennis Canada is a proud member of the International Tennis Federation, the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Paralympic Committee, and serves to administer, sponsor and select the teams for Davis Cup, Billie Jean King Cup, the Olympic and Paralympic Games and all wheelchair, junior and senior national teams. Tennis Canada invests its surplus into tennis development. For more information on Tennis Canada please visit our Web site at: www.tenniscanada.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. 
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