1996 Fed Cup

The 1996 Fed Cup was the 34th edition of a competition between national teams in women's tennis. The final took place at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey in the United States on 28–29 September, with the United States defeating Spain to give the USA their 15th title.

World GroupEdit

Participating Teams
 
Argentina
 
Austria
 
France
 
Germany
 
Japan
 
South Africa
 
Spain
 
United States

DrawEdit

  Quarterfinals
27–28 April
Semifinals
13–14 July
Final
28–29 September
                           
  Murcia, Spain (Outdoor clay)
  1    Spain 3  
       South Africa 2     Bayonne, France (Indoor carpet)
    1    Spain 3  
  Amiens, France (Outdoor clay)   3    France 2  
       Argentina 2
  3    France 3     Atlantic City, NJ, United States (Indoor carpet)
    1    Spain 0
  Tokyo, Japan (Indoor hard)     2    United States 5
  4    Germany 2  
       Japan 3     Nagoya, Japan (Indoor carpet)
         Japan 0
  Salzburg, Austria (Outdoor clay)   2    United States 5  
       Austria 2
  2    United States 3  

World Group Play-offsEdit

The four losing teams in the World Group first round ties (Argentina, Austria, Germany and South Africa), and four winners of the World Group II ties (Belgium, Czech Republic, Netherlands and Slovakia) entered the draw for the World Group Play-offs.

Date: 13–14 July

Venue Surface Home Team Score Visiting Team
Pörtschach, Austria Outdoor clay   Austria 1–4   Germany
Pilsen, Czech Republic Indoor carpet   Czech Republic 3–1   Argentina
Bloemfontein, South Africa Outdoor hard   South Africa 1–4   Belgium
Bratislava, Slovakia Outdoor clay   Slovakia 2–3   Netherlands

World Group IIEdit

The World Group II was the second highest level of Fed Cup competition in 1996. Winners advanced to the World Group Play-offs, and loser played in the World Group II Play-offs.

Date: 27–28 April

Venue Surface Home Team Score Visiting Team
Plovdiv, Bulgaria Outdoor clay   Bulgaria 0–5   Slovakia
Kampen, Netherlands Outdoor clay   Netherlands 4–1   Australia
Jakarta, Indonesia Outdoor hard   Indonesia 2–3   Belgium
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Outdoor hard   Canada 0–3   Czech Republic

World Group II Play-offsEdit

The four losing teams from World Group II (Australia, Bulgaria, Canada and Indonesia) played off against qualifiers from Zonal Group I. Two teams qualified from Europe/Africa Zone (Croatia and Switzerland), one team from the Asia/Oceania Zone (South Korea), and one team from the Americas Zone (Chile).

Date: 13–14 July

Venue Surface Home Team Score Visiting Team
Aurora, Canada Outdoor clay   Canada 2–3   Australia
Jakarta, Indonesia Outdoor hard   Indonesia 2–3    Switzerland
Viña del Mar, Chile Outdoor clay   Chile 0–5   Croatia
Plovdiv, Bulgaria Outdoor clay   Bulgaria 1–4   South Korea

Americas ZoneEdit

  • Nations in bold advanced to the higher level of competition.
  • Nations in italics were relegated down to a lower level of competition.

Group IEdit

Venue: Club Palestino, Santiago, Chile (outdoor clay)

Dates: 22–28 April

Participating Teams

Group IIEdit

Venue: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (outdoor clay)

Dates: 6–12 May

Participating Teams

Asia/Oceania ZoneEdit

  • Nations in bold advanced to the higher level of competition.
  • Nations in italics were relegated down to a lower level of competition.

Group IEdit

Venue: 700 Years Anniversary Complex, Chiang Mai, Thailand (outdoor hard)

Dates: 21–24 February

Participating Teams

Group IIEdit

Venue: 700 Years Anniversary Complex, Chiang Mai, Thailand (outdoor hard)

Dates: 19–24 January

Participating Teams

Europe/Africa ZoneEdit

  • Nations in bold advanced to the higher level of competition.
  • Nations in italics were relegated down to a lower level of competition.

Group IEdit

Venue: La Manga Club, Murcia, Spain (outdoor clay)

Dates: 22–24 April

Participating Teams

Group IIEdit

Venue: Ramat HaSharon, Israel (outdoor hard)

Dates: 25–30 March

Participating Teams

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