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Giorgi Says No To Italian Fed Cup Team, Severs Ties With Federation

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The third-highest Italian player in the WTA rankings, Camila Giorgi, has abruptly decided to end her all associations with the Italian Tennis Federation FIT, allegedly due to a scheduling conflict. But she could face legal action for breaching a formal contract she signed with FIT.

A very succinct press released published on Camila Giorgi’s personal website on Thursday evening has triggered a chain reaction that is rattling the Italian Fed Cup team in the lead up to their crucial World Group Playoff tie in Lleida, Spain on 16-17 February. The four-time champions need to win the tie if they want to avoid relegation to World Group II.

 

Camila Giorgi and her staff announce that today [31st March] we have terminated our cooperation with FIT [the Italian Tennis Federation]. […] Camila therefore will not take part to the Fed Cup tie [against Spain], but will enter the qualifying draw in Stuttgart”.

According to various sources, on Friday 25th March Camila sent an email to the FIT technical staff announcing her decision to travel to Germany for the rich WTA Premier tournament (each year the winner receives a Porsche) and her consequent impossibility to participate in the Fed Cup against Spain. Originally the n. 43 Italian was due to participate in the TEB BNP Paribas Cup in Istanbul, Turkey, but due to the recent terrorist attacks in the country, she decided to modify her schedule and opted for the event in Germany. Due to her ranking, she is will not receive direct entry to the main draw, forcing her to play the qualifying rounds taking place during the very same weekend as the Fed Cup Playoff tie.

The email from Giorgi requested FIT to not include her in the list of players selected for the tie the same way it had been granted to other Italian players in the past (Schiavone and Pennetta in 2013, Vinci earlier this year). Camila is trying to rebuild her game and her ranking after a lackluster start of 2016 season (her record is 4-6 during the first three months of the year) that has seen her ranking slip from n.34 to n.45. Following a categorical refusal by FIT to comply with her requests, the situation quickly deteriorated: an emergency meeting was called in Rome immediately after Easter, where Camila and her father-coach-manager Sergio met with two representatives of the Italian Federation, who hinted at possible retaliatory measures similar to those that were adopted against Simone Bolelli in 2008 when he refused to play a Davis Cup playoff tie against Latvia. Bolelli was disqualified by FIT, whose president Angelo Binaghi publicly stated that he would never play for Italy again for as long as he was at the helm of the Federation, however, he was later “forgiven” (coincidentally after he parted ways with his previous coach Claudio Pistolesi, who has always been extremely critical towards FIT) and allowed to be part of the Davis Cup team again.

The Italian Federation seems to have a more compelling case to change Giorgi’s mind than nationalistic pride and a threat of disciplinary action: there is a contract in place between Camila and FIT. This agreement states that FIT would provide Giorgi a range of services (the use of training facilities at their Technical Center in Tirrenia, Tuscany; an apartment for the Giorgi and her family near the training center; access to FIT technical and medical staff) as well as a robust financial support package. This would have been committed in exchange for the unconditional availability by Camila Giorgi to play in Fed Cup for Italy.

Sources disagree on the entity of the financial help included in the agreement: media outlets close to the Italian Federation, who are yet to issue an official statement on the matter, report a 145,000-euro unsecured loan granted to Camila to support her technical development, as well as 125,000 euros to cover some of the costs of her professional activity and 55,000 euros as a bonus for participating to past Fed Cup ties (where her record is an unimpressive 3-8). On the other hand, sources closer to the Giorgi’s quantify the financial support at approximately 150,000 euros.

The Italian Fed Cup captain notified his picks for the tie with Spain less than 24 hours after the “break-up” statement appeared on Giorgi’s website, including the name of the 24-year-old Italian in the list of selected players. FIT representatives seem adamant that, should Giorgi refuse to travel to Spain, she would be in breach of the agreement and required to repay the 145,000-euro loan immediately, as well as lose access to all the FIT training staff and facilities in Tirrenia. Other Italian players who were granted “temporary waivers” to their duty to represent Italy in Fed Cup (Pennetta, Schiavone and Vinci) were all stalwarts of the team that brought home four Fed Cup titles between 2006 and 2013, therefore, according to FIT, they have earned the right to obtain a break from the team competition. Furthermore, Giorgi is the only one under formal contract, and benefiting from free training facilities and free access to trainers and doctors.

The Italian Federation has given Giorgi until Monday 4th April to change her mind and make herself available to travel to Lleida, Spain with the rest of the team, or the clauses of the contract, which have not been disclosed, will be enforced.

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Great Britain Handed Tough Billie Jean King Cup Qualifiers Draw Against Czech Republic

Great Britain have a tough test in the Czech Republic in the BJK Cup qualifiers in April.

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Great Britain will need to beat the Czech Republic away if they want to qualify for next year’s Billie Jean King Cup Finals after the draw was made today.

 

Anne Keothavong’s team beat Mexico earlier in the year to earn a place in the qualifiers next year.

However in today’s draw, Great Britain will need to overcome a huge test as they will go to the Czech Republic next April.

Czech Republic have won six of the last nine Billie Jean King Cups and boast the likes of Karolina Pliskova, Barbora Krejcikova, Marketa Vondrousova, Katarina Siniakova and Petra Kvitova.

Speaking after the draw Keothavong is looking forward to the test that awaits them in April, “The team are really looking forward to taking on Czech Republic in our 2022 qualifier and hopefully continuing our momentum in the Billie Jean King Cup next year,” she told skysports.com.

The Czechs are currently hosting this year’s finals and fell at the semi-final stage after losing a tight match to Switzerland.

Other key matches sees a repeat of this year’s group stage match between Belgium and Belarus while USA will host Elina Svitolina’s Ukraine team.

Here are the ties with the qualifiers taking place on the 15-16th of April next year with the finals happening next November:

Czech Republic v Great Britain

Australia v Slovakia

France v Italy

USA v Ukraine

Belarus v Belgium

Germany v Kazakhstan

Canada v Latvia

Spain v Netherlands

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Russia sends Canada packing on day 2 of the Billie Jean King Cup

Daria Kasatkina featured in Russia’s 3-0 win over Canada in the Billie Jean King Cup today.

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The Russians were too good for the Canadians to overcome and they won all three rubbers.

 

Canada is officially going home after losing three straight rubbers to Russia in the morning session of day two at the Billie Jean King Cup in Prague on Court one.

Bad news for Canada

The day didn’t get off to good start for Canada as during their morning warm-up Francoise Abanda injured her toe and upon review decided she wouldn’t be able to play. Carol Zhao was subbed in for Abanda and played the first rubber against Daria Kasatkina.

Kasatkina gives first blood to Russia

The first three games of the first set went on serve and it was the Russian who earned the first breakpoint of the match and broke the Canadian to take a 3-1 lead but was broken the following game and the set went back on serve.

At 4-3, the world number 28 had another chance to break and once again broke as she won the first set.

The second set again stayed on serve for the first two games and again it was the Russian who broke first and managed to turn that break into a double break as she broke Zhao one last time to win the match.

Pavlyuchenkova handles Marino

Next up was Rebecca Marino from Vancouver up against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and the first four games were pretty tight and both players did a good job holding serve.

it was the Russian who was able to get the first break of serve to take a 3-2 lead and that was enough for her to serve out the first set and take it 6-4. The second set stayed on serve until 5-4 when Marino had three set points on her opponent’s serve and got the crucial break to send the match into a deciding third set.

The world number 12 was keen to get the win and pushed hard in the opening game of the third set and broke the Canadian to take an early 1-0 lead. At 3-1, the Russian earned five chances to break and go up a double break and it took her until the fifth one to break again.

Pavlyuchenkova served out the set and the match at 5-2 to seal the win and the tie for Russia.

Russia wins dead rubber doubles match

For the third and final match, a dead rubber doubles match was played between Marino and Gabriela Dabrowski facing off against the Russian duo of Veronika Kudermetova and Liudmilla Samsonova.

It was indeed the Russian who ended up with another straight-sets win beating the Canadians 6-3, 6-1 in 53 minutes to end the tie with a 3-0 victory and a win away against France on Wednesday from the semi-finals.

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Canada Shocks France on day 1 of the Billie Jean King Cup

Canada are off to a winning start at the Billie Jean King Cup Finals.

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Despite missing their two best players and being major underdogs Canada caused a major upset beating the defending champions from France.

 

Canada is officially top of the group after beating France 2-1 over three rubbers which included singles and doubles. Francoise Abanda took on Fiona Ferro while Rebecca Marino faced the veteran Alize Cornet.

In doubles, Marino and Gabriela Dabrowski teamed up to play against the French duo of Clara Burel and Cornet in a decisive tie deciding doubles match rubber.

Abanda gets past Ferro

Francoise Abanda was a very interesting story coming into this year’s edition of the Billie Jean King Cup as she hadn’t played in over a year and after contracting Covid made her return in Prague at the O2 Arena.

Currently ranked at 353 in the world she did a good job hanging with Ferro who is currently ranked at 105 and the first set stayed on serve until 2-2 when it was the Canadian who got the first break of serve.

She wasn’t able to consolidate the break and it went back on serve and at 5-4, the world number 105 had a set point and was able to serve out the first to give first blood to France.

Winning the first set seemed to motivate Ferro and she managed to break in the first game of the second set and jump out to a 2-0 lead but the Canadian bounced back and won the next two games.

She broke once again to take a 3-2 lead and that break was enough for her to force a third and deciding set.

The third set stayed on serve with both players having great chances to break but couldn’t convert and at 1-1 it was the Canadian who got the early break and that one break sufficed to serve out the match and the win.

Cornet evens the tie

The Vancouver native faced the world number 59 from Nice and it was the Canadian who jumped out a 2-0 lead in the first set but the lead couldn’t hold and Cornet won two straight games.

She then got the crucial break for a 3-2 lead and that break was just enough for her to serve out the first set.

The world number 59 continued to roll and broke in the third game of the second set but at 3-2 the world number 148 broke right back to level the set at 3-3 and the set was decided by a tiebreaker.

Marino jumped out to a 2-0 lead and turned that into a 4-1 lead when the Nice native mounted a comeback and won three straight points to level the breaker at four.

At 6-5, Cornet had a match point and she took it to level the tie at one rubber apiece and the tie was decided by a decisive doubles rubber.

Deciding Doubles Rubber

Dabrowski who is a top 10 player in doubles showed why that is in the first set when she and Marino managed to get the first break of the match for a 2-1 lead.

That one break of serve again proved to be crucial as she served out the first set and Canada was one set away from a major win.

The second set stayed on serve until 3-2 when the duo of Burel and Cornet got the first break of serve but at 5-3 when serving for the set was broken and the set was decided by a tiebreaker.

The tiebreak was back and forth and at 6-5 France had a set point to send it to a match tiebreak but Canada managed to save it and at 7-6 broke serve one final to seal the win and the tie.

Next opponent

Canada will once again play in the morning session on day two as they will face Russia and a win against the Russians will send them through past the group stage and into the knockout round.

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