Billie Jean King Cup makes a triumphant return

The Billie Jean King Cup is returning to Copper Box Arena for the Gainbridge Play-Off tie between Great Britain and Sweden on 11th and 12th November 2023.

The Lexus GB Billie Jean King Cup team will be returning to the venue that previously saw triumph when Britain, led by Johanna Konta and Katie Boulter, defeated Kazakhstan 3-1 in front of more than 11,000 fans across the weekend in 2019.

The two teams are competing for a place in the 2024 Billie Jean King Cup Qualifiers. In 2022, the Lexus GB team recorded their best finish in the competition since 1981 by reaching the semi-finals, but following defeat to France in this year’s qualifiers, must now face Sweden in a play-off tie to keep alive the possibility of a return to the Billie Jean King Cup Finals in 2024. 

Anne Keothavong, the Lexus GB Billie Jean King Cup team captain said: “We had a really great time at the Copper Box Arena in 2019, securing the win that saw us return to the World Group for the first time since 1993. The atmosphere was fantastic then, and we hope it can be even bigger and better in November. We love these weeks we get to come together as a team, especially when it’s in front of a home crowd, and on a personal level to have international women’s tennis on the doorstep of where I grew up and learnt to play is really special.”

Scott Lloyd, LTA CEO said: “The Billie Jean King Cup as an international team competition provides a unique atmosphere that has the ability to excite and inspire new and existing fans of the sport. We are delighted to once again be hosting the Billie Jean King Cup, back at the Copper Box Arena, giving fans a chance to enjoy world class tennis here in Britain all year round.” 

Stuart Hutchison, General Manager of Copper Box Arena, added: “Copper Box Arena has a legacy of hosting world-class sporting events, and we are committed to creating an unforgettable experience for players, fans, and everyone involved. The Billie Jean King Cup is a huge event and we can’t wait to welcome top class tennis from the world’s best.”

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