The Federation Cup Tennis Tournament
In the world of international tennis, the Federation Cup is certainly one of the biggest events of the year. Also known as the Fed Cup, the tournament is the single largest annual woman’s tennis team competition in terms of numbers of players and countries involved. The men’s equivalent is known as the Davis Cup and attracts the attention of the sporting world and the online betting community. The Fed Cup dates all the way back to 1919 when Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman originally came up with the idea for a woman’s tennis team competition.
Despite the idea being rejected, the spirit of the competition remained with Nell Hopman taking up the idea many years later. It wasn’t until 1962 when overwhelming evidence was presented to the ITF that this type of competition would be a success. The Federation Cup was officially launched in 1963 to coincide with the ITF’s 35th anniversary. The competition was open to all nations across the globe and became an instant success. The first cup attracted at total of 16 nations with the number climbing to 75 by 1994.
World Group Qualifiers
Today many countries around the world compete for a place in the prestigious tournament. After qualifiers, only 16 countries go through to compete in the World Group playoffs. Since 1995, players have been able to play home and away games over three weekends throughout the year. The Federation Cup qualifying teams are split into two groups. These are known as the World Groups number 1 and 2.
If a team manages to win their World Group 1 first round, they will stay in the World Group. If they lose, they will drop into the World Group 2 for the next year. A team that Wins their World Group 2 first round will stay in World Group 2, the loses will drop out into the zone qualifiers in the next year. Once in a World Group, four of the groups nations will be seeded according to ITF rankings. A round robin type completion is played to determine who will make it to the final 8 playoffs.
Federation Cup Tennis Bets
In the Federation Cup, a number of tennis bets can be placed throughout the year. Firstly, bettors can place bets on which teams will qualify for the World Group stage. This involves betting on specific country to make it through to the final 16 teams. In the qualifying round, you can place individual bets at Australian online tennis betting sites which players will win her individual match. This is known as a match bet and can be placed on multiple games throughout the year.
Once the qualifying stages have been completed, bettors can place Federation Cup bets on which team will place first, second or third in the tournament. This is known as an outright bet with statistics showing that the USA have taken the most wins since the start of the competition back in 1963. Bettors also have the opportunity to place exotic bets on each match including which player will win the first set, who will score the first ace and how many sets will be played in total.