The 2019 Fed Cup champion will be crowned down under as hosts Australia take on France in Perth. World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty headlines the final as she attempts to help Australia win a first Fed Cup trophy since 1974, while Kristina Mladenovic and Caroline Garcia will be out to guide France to a first win since 2003.

Watch and bet on the Fed Cup final between Australia and France, live from Perth's RAC Arena between November 9-10. 

Fed Cup Live Streaming

Matches from all levels of Fed Cup, from the World Group final in November to the zonal groups, are available to stream live online. 

With so many of the world's top players passionate about representing their countries as they bid for Fed Cup glory, you can see top-10 players face off in a unique pressure-cooker atmosphere which cows some players and brings the best out of others. 

Bookmakers have licensed these streams so that customers betting on the match or with funded accounts can enjoy live streaming of Fed Cup tennis matches, whether they are in their own home or on the go. Streams are available on computer, tablets, mobiles and all devices. 

Whether you’re partaking in some in-play betting or just tuning in to see how a favourite gets on, you can enjoy safe, legal, high-quality streams of Fed Cup matches. 

The 2019 Fed Cup final between Australia and France is live from Perth between November 9-10, with matches starting at 11.00am local time (3.00am GMT). Bookmaker bet365 is offering customers the opportunity to watch a live stream of the ties alongside in-play betting.

Watch and bet on Fed Cup tennis live at bet365 > live streaming > tennis (geo-restrictions apply; funded account required or to have placed a bet in the last 24 hours to qualify)

How to watch & bet on Fed Cup tennis

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3. Select Live Streaming

4. Select 'Tennis’ from the ‘All Sports’ dropdown menu

5. Enjoy a live stream & in-play betting for the Fed Cup final, live from 9-10 November 2019

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Fed Cup Schedule 2019

Australia vs France Fed Cup World Group Final - November 9-10

Location: Perth, Australia

Venue: RAC Arena

Surface: Outdoor Hard

Australia: Ashleigh Barty, Ajla Tomljanovic, Sam Stosur, Astra Sharma, Priscilla Honn, Alicia Molik (Captain)

France: Kristina Mladenovic, Caroline Garcia, Alize Cornet, Fiona Ferro, Pauline Parmentier, Julien Benneteau (Captain)

World No. 1 and recently-crowned WTA Finals champion Ashleigh Barty leads Australia into battle as the hosts look to secure a first Fed Cup title since 1974 against France in Perth on November 9-10.

Barty has put together a phenomenal season on the WTA Tour, winning four titles - including Roland Garros, Miami and the WTA Finals Shenzhen - to finish the year as the undisputed World No. 1, but she’s also starred at Fed Cup level to propel Australia into their first final in 26 years.

Indeed, Barty is on a 14-match winning streak at Fed Cup level and is the first player to win six consecutive rubbers in the first round and semi-finals to lead their nation into the final under the Fed Cup’s current format.

Barty went undefeated as Australia registered narrow 3-2 wins over USA and Belarus to reach the final, with the World No. 1 joined in the team by Ajla Tomljanovic, Samantha Stosur, Astra Sharma and alternate Priscilla Hon.

Croatian-born World No. 51 Tomljanovic was cleared to represent Australia last month and will rival Stosur for the second singles spot.

Stosur was the only member of the team born when Australia last made the final, with captain Alicia Molik hoping the home support can get the hosts over the line.

"The Fed Cup final is a momentous occasion for not only the players and team, but the wider tennis community and Australian sporting fans," Molik said in the lead-up to the final.

"We've had many magnificent moments so far to get us to this point and I'm so proud of each and every member of our team who has been a part of this journey. Hosting a Fed Cup final in your home country is a rare and precious opportunity. It's going to be a spectacular event and I can't wait."

Meanwhile, France will be out to claim a first Fed Cup title since 2003 after advancing to the final by the skin of their teeth back in April.

After their friendship took a hit following a 3-2 loss in the 2016 final, Kristina Mladenovic and Caroline Garcia reunited this season to help France beat Romania in the semi-finals, teaming up in the decisive doubles rubber to emerge triumphant 3-2 and send their nation back into the final.

Garcia’s form on the WTA Tour has been poor over the last couple of seasons, but she has starred in Fed Cup, winning eight of her last 10 matches, including four of five across singles and doubles this campaign.

Mladenovic comes into the final as the French No. 1 in singles and remains a forced to be reckoned with in doubles, winning the Roland Garros and WTA Finals titles with Timea Babos, while she also brings a dominant 12-2 record in Fed Cup doubles play.

Alize Cornet remains a very solid third option in singles for captain Julien Benneteau, especially after her huge win over Elise Mertens in Liege in the opening round, with Pauline Parmentier and Fiona Ferro rounding out the squad.

Australia vs France Fed Cup H2H

Australia and France have squared off six times during Fed Cup history dating back to 1964, with the Aussies winning five of those encounters.

However, France won their most recent meeting in 2000 by a 2-1 scoreline in the World Group first round in Moscow.

The two nations have played three times in semi-finals, with Australia prevailing in all three in 1964, 1965 and 1971.

This will be the first time the two countries have played on hardcourt or in a final.

How does Fed Cup work?

The Fed Cup is effectively made up of three main groups - the World Group, the World Group II and the Zone Groups. The World Group is the elite division, which features eight nations, while the second tier World Group II also comprises eight countries, who battle for promotion into the premier division. The nations who do not make it into either of the top two divisions are placed into one of three zone groups, depending on the continent of the country. There is the Euro/Africa Zone, which houses countries in Africa and Europe, the American Zone is made up of countries in North and South America, while Asian and Oceanian nations fight for promotion in the Asia/Oceania Zone.

Each zone has its own sub-divisions- the American Zone has Groups 1 and 2; so does Asia/Oceania, while the Euro/Africa Zone, being the largest, has three sub-groups. 

Between the three main groups are intermediate play-off groups which determine promotion and relegation.
The World Group ties adopt a knock-out format, with the four winners advancing to the semi-finals while the four losers drop into the World Group play-offs. These four teams are joined in the play-offs by the four winners from the World Group II ties. The eight teams then play four knock-out ties, with the winners either preserving their World Group status, or earning promotion into the elite group, if they were previously in the World Group II.

Further down the Fed Cup strata, the losers in the World Group II ties drop into the intermediate World Group II play-offs, where they will battle against the four best teams from the Zone Groups for their World Group II status. The American and the Asia/Oceania teams produce one team each, while Euro/Africa has two teams in the World Group II play-offs. Whoever wins these play-offs will play in the World Group II division in the next season, while the losers drop into the Zone Groups.

The World Group and World Group II ties (including play-offs) are decided over best of five rubbers, played across two days. The first day, a Saturday, features two singles ties, while the reverse singles are played on Sunday. A deciding fifth rubber, should it be required is also played on Sunday.

The host nation for these ties is determined by where the countries last played. Whoever hosted the most recent meeting between the countries will be away for the next tie, and vice versa. If the countries have never met before, the choice of ground is determined by lot. 

The zone groups use a round-robin format, rather than the knock-out system employed by the higher divisions. The ties are played in one of the participating countries, and usually last up to four days. Ties are decided in best-of-three rubbers - two singles matches and one doubles rubber.

Fed Cup History

The Fed Cup officially began in 1963, but the seeds for the tournament were first sown in 1919, when Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman came up with the idea of a women’s team competition. Wightman did not get much by way of support, but in 1923, she went ahead to present a trophy, called the Wightman Cup, for the annual contest between the USA and Great Britain. The idea was picked up in 1962 by Mary Hardwick Hare, who persuaded the International Tennis Federation to start an international women’s team event. The ITF obliged in 1963, when the governing body created the Federation Cup. The first Federation Cup was a week-long event staged at the Queen’s Club in London and won by the United States. The tournament featured 16 nations and was graced by Grand Slam champions Billie Jean King, Darlene Hard, Lesley Turner and Margaret Court. 

The inaugural Federation Cup was a big success, considering the fact that there were no sponsors and prize money, and teams had to pay their own expenses. However, as the tournament grew in popularity and sponsors came on board, the competition expanded, and by 1994, there were 73 participating teams with the home nation required to construct a special tennis complex in what became known as the Fed Cup legacy.

The rapid expansion of the Federation Cup meant teams had to be split into regional qualifying divisions, which first came into place in 1992, and three years later in 1995, the competition underwent a change in nomenclature, as it became known as the Fed Cup. Along with the new name came a new format, as the Fed Cup employed a home-and-away system so that players could play for their countries on home soil.
Several other transformations have occurred since then, but the current format, featuring eight-nation World Group and World Group II divisions and three region-based zonal groups has been in effect since 2005.

Fed Cup statistics

Fed Cup Champions

Past winners of the Fed Cup

1965Australia (2)USA
1966USA (2)West Germany
1967USA (3)Great Britain
1968Australia (3)Netherlands
1969USA (4)Australia
1970Australia (4)West Germany
1971Australia (5)Great Britain
1972South AfricaGreat Britain
1973Australia (6)South Africa
1974Australia (7)USA
1976USA (5)Australia
1977USA (6)Australia
1978USA (7)Australia
1979USA (8)Australia
1980USA (9) Australia
1981USA (10)Great Britain
1982USA (11)West Germany
1983Czechoslovakia (2)West Germany
1984Czechoslovakia (3)Australia
1985Czechoslovakia (4)USA
1986USA (12)Czechoslovakia
1987West GermanyUSA
1988Czechoslovakia (5)USSR
1989USA (13)Spain
1990USA (14)USSR
1991Spain USA
1992Germany (2)Spain
1993Spain (2)Australia
1994Spain (3)USA
1995Spain (4)USA
1996USA (15)Spain
1998Spain (5)Switzerland
1999USA (16)Russia
2000USA (17)Spain
2003France (2)USA
2004Russia France
2005Russia (2)France
2007Russia (3)Italy
2008Russia (4)Spain
2009Italy (2)USA
2010Italy (3)USA
2011Czech Republic (6)Russia
2012Czech Republic (7)Serbia
2013Italy (4)Russia
2014Czech Republic (8)Germany
2015Czech Republic (9)Russia
2016Czech Republic (10)France
2017USA (18)Belarus
2018Czech Republic (11)USA

Who are the greatest Fed Cup players?

The Fed Cup may be a team event, but some of the best players in the world have represented their countries with distinction. 

The United States have won more than anybody else, and unsurprisingly, they have had several Fed Cup heroines over the years. From Billie Jean King in 1963 to CoCo Vandeweghe in 2017, the US have produced some of the finest Fed Cup stars. King amassed a 52-4 record during her Fed Cup career; and captained her country to four titles. Chris Evert has the best winning streak of any woman in Fed Cup singles matches, going unbeaten for 29 matches from her tournament debut in 1977 until she lost to Italian Sandra Cecchini in the opening rubber of the 1986 quarter final in Prague. Evert won more Fed Cup rubbers than any other American woman, winning 57 of her 61 ties, including an amazing 40-2 record in singles’ rubbers.

Martina Navratilova, who represented both Czechoslovakia and the USA, is joint-second on 20 matches- a record she shares with Australian great, Margaret Court. Interestingly, Navratilova and Court never lost a Fed Cup singles rubber, with both boasting incredible 20-0 records. Serena Williams is also unbeaten in singles rubbers.

However, Spaniard, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario leads the way in terms of overall number of match wins- the Spaniard won 72 of her 100 Fed Cup rubbers, including 50 of 72 singles’ rubbers, which is also a record. Sanchez Vicario’s compatriot, Conchita Martinez is second on the singles’ list with 47 wins. The Spanish duo won 18 doubles matches together, more than any other pair in the history of the Fed Cup. Sanchez Vicario and Martinez won five Fed Cup titles together; and reached five other finals.

For all their greatness, the Spaniards are well behind Luxembourg’s Anne Kremer’s record number of Fed Cup ties, which stands at 74.

Special mention for Great Britain’s Virginia Wade, one of the greatest players never to win the Fed Cup. The three-time Grand Slam singles’ champion reached four Fed Cup finals; and won 66 rubbers through a distinguished career. 

Lead by Helena Sukova, Czechoslovakia won four Fed Cup titles in the 1980’s, but the modern-day Czechs, spearheaded by Petra Kvitova have outdone that run, winning five of the last seven titles. Petr Pala has been captain in all five triumphs, making him the most successful captain in the competition’s history.

Fed Cup records

Individual records in Fed Cup play

Most titles USA18 titles1963, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2017
Most rubbers played100Arantxa Sanchez VicarioSpain
Most ties played74Anne KremerLuxembourg
Most rubbers won (overall)72Arantxa Sanchez VicarioSpain
Most rubbers won (singles)50Arantxa Sanchez VicarioSpain
Most rubbers won (doubles)38Larisa NeilandUSSR/Latvia
Longest rubber4 hours (7-6(7), 5-7, 10-8)Richel Hogenkamp (Netherlands) d. Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia)2016 World Group
Most successful captain4 titlesPetr PalaCzech Republic

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