Italy Fed Cup team

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Italy
Flag of Italy.svg
Association Federazione Italiana Tennis
Confederation Tennis Europe
Captain Corrado Barazzutti (since 2002)
ITF ranking No. 2
Highest ITF ranking No. 1 (9 November 2009)
Lowest ITF ranking No. 9 (11 July 2005)
Colors Blue and white
Most wins Francesca Schiavone (26–19)
Most ties played Sandra Cecchini (25)
Appearances 51 (since 1963)
Best result W (2006, 2009, 2010, 2013)
First tie
 United States 3–0  Italy
(London, United Kingdom; 17 June 1963)
Biggest win
 Italy 5–0  Indonesia
(Jakarta, Indonesia; 12–13 July 1997)
Biggest defeat
 United States 5–0  Italy
(Washington, D.C., United States; 19–20 July 2003)

The Italy Fed Cup team represents Italy in international women's tennis and is directed by the Federazione Italiana Tennis. The team played in the first ever tournament in 1963, and is one of four teams that has taken part in every single edition since.[1]

The Italian national team was initially unsuccessful in world tennis, only winning twenty ties in the first two decades of competition never reaching past the quarterfinals since 1999, but in recent times they have became of the most successful teams in the world. They have been a regular member of the ITF rankings World Top Ten since the initiation of the rankings in 2002, and became one of five teams to reach the World No. 1 position in 2009, after they managed to reach all but one final from 2006 to 2010. They have also reached every semifinal since 2009, and since 2001, have accumulated a 22–9 win–loss ratio.[1] Francesca Schiavone holds the Italian Fed Cup record for most singles wins and total wins, while Roberta Vinci holds the record for most doubles wins and years of participation. Sandra Cecchini has participated in the most ties for Italy, however, having played in just two more ties Schiavone and Vinci.[1]

Former ATP World No. 7[2] and Davis Cup captain[3] Corrado Barazzutti is the current captain of the Italian Fed Cup team, having held that position since 2002.[4] As of April 2013, the team is the World No. 2 in the ITF rankings, with only Czech Republic holding a higher position.[5]

Current team[edit]

Name[1] DOB[1] First[1] Last[1] Ties[1] Win/Loss[1] Best Ranks[a]
Sin Dou Tot Sin Dou
Brianti, AlbertaAlberta Brianti (1980-04-05)April 5, 1980 2011 2011 1 0–0 0–1 0–1 55 68
Burnett, NastassjaNastassja Burnett (1992-02-20)February 20, 1992 2013 2014 2 0–0 0–1 0–1 131 380
Camerin, Maria ElenaMaria Elena Camerin (1982-03-21)March 21, 1982 2001 2011 5 0–4 1–1 1–5 41 33
Errani, SaraSara Errani (1987-04-29)April 29, 1987 2008 2013 15 10–6 8–2 18–8 5 1
Giorgi, CamilaCamila Giorgi (1991-12-31)December 31, 1991 2014 2014 1 1–0 0–0 1–0 73 -
Knapp, KarinKarin Knapp (1987-06-28)June 28, 1987 2008 2014 4 2–1 1–1 3–2 35 145
Matteucci, AliceAlice Matteucci (1995-09-29)September 29, 1995 2014 2014 1 0–0 0–1 0–1 704 522
Pennetta, FlaviaFlavia Pennetta (1982-02-25)February 25, 1982 2003 2012 20 20–4 3–1 23–5 10 1
Schiavone, FrancescaFrancesca Schiavone (1980-06-23)June 23, 1980 2002 2012 23 22–19 4–0 26–19 4 8
Vinci, RobertaRoberta Vinci (1983-02-18)February 18, 1983 2001 2013 26 5–4 18–0 23–4 11 1

History[edit]

Italy competed in its first Fed Cup in 1963, the team consisting of Lea Pericoli and Silvana Lazzarino. They are one of four nations to have competed in every edition of the tournament. Italy won the Cup in 2006, 2009 and 2010.

Results[edit]

Tournament 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 W–L
Federation Cup
World Group 1R 2R QF QF QF 2R QF 2R 1R QF 1R QF QF 2R LQ 1R 2R 2R 2R 1R 2R QF QF QF 2R 2R 1R 2R QF 1R 2R 2R 30–31
Consolation Rounds Not Held A A 1R A 2R NH A A 2R NH A A SF SF A A A A A A QF A A 1R A NH 5–7
Win–Loss 0–1 0–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 0–1 0–2 2–1 0–2 2–1 2–1 1–1 1–2 0–1 1–1 1–1 4–2 1–2 1–1 2–1 2–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–2 1–1 2–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 35–39
Tournament 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Fed Cup
World Group A A A A SF 8th A SF QF QF QF W F QF W W SF SF W 21–11
World Group Play-offs A A A W A NH 2R A A A W A A W A A A A A 4–1
World Group II L A A W A Not Held A A A A A A A A A A 1–1
World Group II Play-offs L A W A A A A A A A A A A A A 1–1
Europe/Africa Group I A SF W A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A 8–1
Win–Loss 0–2 3–1 6–0 2–0 1–1 1–2 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–0 2–1 1–1 3–0 3–0 2–1 2–1 70–55
Year End Ranking 7 7 8 8 2 2 2 1 1 1 2

Records[edit]

Longest winning streak[edit]

Year Competition Date Location Opponent Score Result
1997 Europe/Africa Zone Group I – Pool B 22 April Bari (ITA)  Romania 2–1 Won
Europe/Africa Zone Group I – Pool B 23 April  Ukraine 3–0 Won
Europe/Africa Zone Group I – Pool B 24 April  Sweden 3–0 Won
Europe/Africa Zone Group I – Semifinals 25 April  Greece 3–0 Won
Europe/Africa Zone Group I – Final 26 April  Hungary 2–1 Won
World Group II Play-offs 12–13 July Jakarta (INA)  Indonesia 5–0 Won
1998 World Group II 18–19 April Foligno (ITA)  Austria 3–2 Won
World Group Play-offs 25–26 July Prague (CZE)  Czech Republic 4–1 Won
1999 World Group, First Round 17–18 April Reggio Calabria (ITA)  Spain 3–2 Won
World Group, Semifinals 24–25 July Ancona (ITA)  United States 1–4 Lose

Finals: 5 (4 titles, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Venue Surface Team Opponents Opposing Team Score
Winner 2006 Spiroudome, Charleroi, Belgium Hard (i) Francesca Schiavone
Flavia Pennetta
Mara Santangelo
Roberta Vinci
 Belgium Kirsten Flipkens
Justine Henin-Hardenne
3–2
Runner-up 2007 Luzhniki Palace of Sports, Moscow, Russia Hard (i) Francesca Schiavone
Mara Santangelo
Roberta Vinci
Tathiana Garbin
Flavia Pennetta
 Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
Elena Vesnina
Anna Chakvetadze
0–4
Winner 2009 Circolo del Tennis, Reggio Calabria, Italy Clay Flavia Pennetta
Francesca Schiavone
Sara Errani
Roberta Vinci
 United States Melanie Oudin
Alexa Glatch
Liezel Huber
Vania King
4–0
Winner 2010 San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, United States Hard (i) Flavia Pennetta
Francesca Schiavone
Sara Errani
Roberta Vinci
 United States Melanie Oudin
Coco Vandeweghe
Bethanie Mattek-Sands
3–1
Winner 2013 Tennis Club Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy Clay Flavia Pennetta
Karin Knapp
Sara Errani
Roberta Vinci
 Russia Alexandra Panova
Irina Khromacheva
Alisa Kleybanova
Margarita Gasparyan
4–0

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Most recent Year-End ranks (2012). See[6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Italy Fed Cup team". International Tennis Federation. 2013. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Corrado Barazzutti". Association of Tennis Professionals. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Domani in Piazza Duomo "Un campione per amico"" (in Italian). Il Giornale di Trani. 8 June 2001. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Di Nardo, Marco (16 February 2012). "Barazzutti, 11 anni sono troppi?" (in Italian). Tennis.it. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  5. ^ Fed Cup Nations Ranking History. International Tennis Federation. 2013. 
  6. ^ "Alberta Brianti". Women's Tennis Association. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Nastassja Burnett". Women's Tennis Association. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "Maria Elena Camerin". Women's Tennis Association. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Sara Errani". Women's Tennis Association. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "Camila Giorgi". Women's Tennis Association. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  11. ^ "Karin Knapp". Women's Tennis Association. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  12. ^ "Alice Matteucci". Women's Tennis Association. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  13. ^ "Flavia Pennetta". Women's Tennis Association. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  14. ^ "Francesca Schiavone". Women's Tennis Association. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  15. ^ "Roberta Vinci". Women's Tennis Association. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 

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