|11-12 February||World Group R1 ties|
|22-23 February||World Group semifinals & play-off ties|
World Group semifinals, 22-23 April 2017
USA vs Czech Republic
The two most successful nations in Fed Cup history face off in Florida, with the dominant Czechs - who have lost just one tie since 2011 - hoping their second-string team will be enough to overcome the USA, playing their first Fed Cup semifinal since 2010.
The tie will be played on outdoor clay courts at the Saddlebrook Resort, Florida, USA
Follow all the action from USA vs Czech Republic on our dedicated tie page: Match analysis, schedules, results and more
|Head to head||9||2|
|Best Fed Cup result||Champion (17 times, most recently in 2000)||Champions (10 times, most recently in 2016)|
|Captain||Kathy Rinaldi-Stunkel||Petr Pala|
|Player #1||Coco Vandeweghe||Katerina Siniakova|
|Player #2||Lauren Davis||Kristyna Pliskova|
|Player #3||Shelby Rogers||Denisa Allertova|
|Player #4||Bethanie Mattek-Sands||Marketa Vondrousova|
|Top-ranked singles player||Vandeweghe (world no. 24)||Siniakova (world no. 38)|
|Average singles ranking||58||109|
|Top-ranked doubles player||Mattek-Sands (world no. 1)||Siniakova (world no. 17)|
Belarus vs Switzerland
Despite the absence of Victoria Azarenka, Belarus put together a surprisingly strong performance to upset the Netherlands in the first round and will hope to pull off a similar win as they host Switzerland, who are hoping to make their first Fed Cup final since 1998.
The tie will be played on indoor hard courts at the Chizhovka Arena in Minsk, Belarus.
World Group and World Group II play-offs
France vs Spain
France, the Fed Cup runners-up in 2016, host Spain in Roanne as they try to bounce back from a first-round defeat to Switzerland and various acrimonious high-profile exchanges between members of the team, with Caroline Garcia conspicuously absent.
|Head-to-head||FRA 4-5 ESP|
|Team France||Kristina Mladenovic|
Yannick Noah (captain)
|Team Spain||Sara Sorribes Tormo|
Olga Saez Larra
Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez
Conchita Martinez (captain)
Russia vs Belgium
Two teams who have known Fed Cup glory - and declined in recent years - face off in Moscow, with Russia led by Indian Wells champion Elena Vesnina, Monterrey champion Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Charleston champion Daria Kasatkina and favoured against a Belgian team led by Hobart winner Elise Mertens.
The Porsche Arena in Stuttgart, home of the prestigious forthcoming Porsche Tennis Grand Prix WTA event, is the venue chosen by Germany as world no. 1 Angelique Kerber, still looking for her best form this season, leads the home side against a Ukraine team highlighted by world no. 13 Elina Svitolina.
Semifinalists in 2016, the Netherlands will be keen to bounce back from a shock defeat to Belarus in the first round as they travel to Slovakia, where world no. 4 and WTA Finals Singapore champion Dominika Cibulkova leads her home side.
The only tie featuring multiple top-10 players, Great Britain are led by Miami Open champion Johanna Konta as they travel to Romania, hoping to get out of the zonal groups for the first time since the early 1990s.
About the Fed Cup
First played in 1963 with tennis legends Billie Jean King and Margaret Court featuring in the inaugural final, the Fed Cup is an annual tennis team competition – the women’s equivalent of the Davis Cup.
Originally played over one week in a specific location each year, the Fed Cup adopted the Davis Cup format of home and away ties in 1995. The current format, first adopted in 2005, sees eight World Group and eight World Group II nations playing home-and-away ties over three weekends throughout the season while the remaining nations compete in three regional zones for promotion and relegation.
The Fed Cup celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 and continues to attract top players, who relish the chance to briefly escape the fierce individualism of tennis and compete in a team environment as well as proudly representing their countries. Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf, Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario and Martina Hingis have all starred in Fed Cup in the past, while in more recent years, Venus and Serena Williams, Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin, Amelie Mauresmo, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Petra Kvitova have all lifted the trophy.
The USA is the most successful nation in Fed Cup history with a record 17 titles, winning most recently in 2000, followed by the Czech Republic/Czechoslovakia with nine titles and Australia with seven. Only three nations – the USA, Australia and the Czech Republic – have held the Davis and Fed Cup titles at the same time.
The past decade of Fed Cup has been dominated by three nations: Russia (champions in 2004-5, 2007-8, runners-up in 2011, 2013 and 2015); Italy (champions in 2006, 2009-10 and 2013, runners-up in 2007) and the Czech Republic (champions in 2011-12, 2014-15 and 2017).