By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Thursday February 18, 2021
The Billie Jean King Cup by BNP Paribas Finals, originally scheduled to take place on 13-18 April 2021, will be rescheduled to later dates in 2021.
“Extensive work has been undertaken to prepare for the event in April in compliance with national health regulations and with strict Covid-19 protocols in place,” the ITF said in a statement. “Several scenarios have been under review, which include playing behind closed doors. However, continued uncertainty and the challenges due to the Covid-19 virus, locally and internationally, have made it unfeasible to host a world cup team competition of this scale indoors in Budapest on the scheduled dates.”
The Billie Jean King Cup by BNP Paribas Play-off ties, which will be home and away ties, will proceed as announced by the host nations on 16-17 April 2021.
ITF President David Haggerty says that the group is looking hard to find a date for the 12-team event, keeping the safety of its players and spectators at the forefront of its search.
“Everyone involved in this competition hoped that we would not be in this position, but unfortunately the Covid-19 situation remains serious and restricting,” Haggerty said. “Health and safety comes first. Together with the NSA, and in consultation with the WTA, we are in the process of finalising new dates. We continue to work our hardest to deliver a spectacular Finals event in 2021 and, like the players and fans, as well as Billie Jean herself, we are all looking forward to a memorable Billie Jean King Cup Finals later in the year.”