BT Sport to broadcast GB Fed Cup Tie

29 Jan 2019

By: Sport Industry Group

BT Sport has been confirmed as the exclusive TV broadcaster for Great Britain’s first Fed Cup on home soil for 26 years.

Already the home for WTA coverage, BT Sport has extended its move into the tennis market and will broadcast the Fed Cup action live from Bath University on BT Sport 2 from 6th-9th February.

The annual women’s tennis tournament involves over 100 nations around the globe, with the Europe-Africa Group 1 ties split across two host locations, Great Britain and Poland. 

Presenter Clare Balding will host BT Sport’s live coverage of the Great Britain matches, made up of two singles and one doubles tie on each day of the group stages, with the play-off for the overall winner featuring on the final day.

Balding will be joined for analysis and commentary by current British player Laura Robson and Jo Durie, who represented Great Britain in the last Fed Cup Tie to be held in the UK in 1993.

Commenting on the broadcast agreement, 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, added: “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.”

Coverage of Great Britain’s Fed Cup matches will also be streamed live on the British Tennis Facebook page.

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