The International Tennis Federation is looking for a new host city for the Billie Jean King Cup finals, formerly the Fed Cup, after Budapest backed down due to fears of COVID-19.
The Hungarian capital was scheduled to host the 12th national tournament, but the event was twice postponed due to the pandemic, and the country’s tennis association informed the ITF that it would not be able to host in 2021.
“After working diligently over the past year, we were surprised and disappointed to learn that the HTA no longer considered it possible to hold the event in Budapest,” said ITF President Dave Hagarty.
The indoor tournament was originally scheduled for April 2020, but was initially postponed by 12 months. In February, it was decided to postpone the tournament again in order to find a new date later this year.
The ITF worked with the Hungarian government and the HTA to explore “all possible options” for rescheduling this year’s final.
“Given the weather, the ITF had no choice but to terminate the hosting agreement with Hungary and explore an alternative solution,” Hagarty said.
“The ITF will do everything in its power – for sport, players, nations and fans – to ensure that this remarkable women’s tennis and sporting event takes place as soon as reasonably practicable.”