The ITF has confirmed the schedule for Fed Cup 2017 by BNP Paribas, with the competition scheduled to kick off on 11-12 February 2017. These are the regular dates in a year with a short summer, when there is one less week in the summer tennis calendar:
- World Group and World Group II first round: 11-12 February
- World Group semifinals, World Group/World Group II play-offs: 22-23 April
- World Group Final: 11-12 November
The beaten finalist in the Fed Cup against the Czech Republic with the France team this season, Caroline Garcia announced his desire to focus on his career in 2017. She said she will not participate in the Fed Cup in order to encourage its progress in singles. "At 23, I think it's a good decision I make at the right timeIn order to better play the big tournaments, I need to prepare myself better, to have more freshness. After, I have no guarantee, you have to take risks and take, " she said. For the Blue, losing the French number one is a blow. Without captain since the departure of Amelie Mauresmo, the France team is entering a period of uncertainty. Increased from the second division to the final of the Fed Cup, it is preparing for a difficult future, especially in 2017, it will begin the competition with a tricky match in Switzerland on 11 and 12 February.
The USTA announced that the Royal Lahaina Resort in Maui has been selected as the site for the 2017 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group First Round between the United States and Germany, Feb. 11-12.
2017 will be the second consecutive year that Hawaii will host Fed Cup and the first time that a state has hosted consecutive Fed Cup home ties. Hawaii became the 16th state to host this prestigious competition earlier this year when Kailua-Kona held the World Group II First Round against Poland, in which the U.S. team of Venus Williams, Sloane Stephens, CoCo Vandeweghe and Bethanie Mattek-Sands swept Poland, 4-0. Hawaii hosted Davis Cup, the men’s equivalent to Fed Cup, in Kohala Coast at the Mauna Lani Racquet Club in the 1992 World Group First Round, where the U.S. team of Andre Agassi, John McEnroe and Pete Sampras swept Argentina, 5-0.
The winner of this matchup will advance to face either the Czech Republic or Spain in the World Group Semifinals, held April 22-23, for a chance to compete for the 2017 Fed Cup title. The losing nation will compete in the World Group Playoffs in April to remain in the World Group for 2018. The U.S. will be competing in the World Group for the first time since 2014.
The United States holds an 8-5 head-to-head record over Germany in Fed Cup. The U.S. last faced Germany in the 2011 World Group Playoffs in Stuttgart, Germany, where Germans swept the Americans, 5-0. The U.S. last defeated Germany in the 2008 World Group First Round in La Jolla, Calif., 4-1.
The winner of last year, the team of Czech Republic will play in the opening round against Spain, a team of which captain, Conchita Martinez, has been officially re-confirmed. Belarus Returns in the World Group for the first time in a decade and will face Netherlands in Minsk on a hard indoor court. Netherlands leads head to head 3-0.