Italy Fed Cup team
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.
|ITF ranking||5 2 (18 April 2016)|
|Highest ITF ranking||1 (9 November 2009)|
|Lowest ITF ranking||9 (11 July 2005)|
|Colors||blue & white|
|Ties played (W–L)||131 (73–58)|
|Titles||4 (2006, 2009, 2010, 2013)|
|Most total wins||Francesca Schiavone (26–21)|
|Most singles wins||Francesca Schiavone (22–20)|
|Most doubles wins||Roberta Vinci (18–1)|
|Best doubles team||Sara Errani /|
Roberta Vinci (6–1)
|Most ties played||Sandra Cecchini (25)|
|Most years played||Roberta Vinci (15)|
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 become 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. 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.
Former ATP World No. 7 and Davis Cup captain Corrado Barazzutti is the current captain of the Italian Fed Cup team, having held that position since 2002. As of April 2013, the team is the World No. 2 in the ITF rankings, with only Czech Republic holding a higher position.
|Sara Errani||29 April 1987||2008||2015||15||10–7||8–2||18–9||5||1|
|Camila Giorgi||31 December 1991||2014||2015||2||1–1||0–1||2–1||31||-|
|Karin Knapp||28 June 1987||2008||2014||5||2–1||1–2||3–3||35||145|
|Jasmine Paolini||29 September 1995||2017||2017||1||0–0||0–1||0–1||130|
|Martina Trevisan||25 February 1993||2017||2017||2–0||1–0||1–0||220|
|Francesca Schiavone||23 June 1980||2002||2012||23||22–19||4–0||26–19||4||8|
|Roberta Vinci||18 February 1983||2001||2015||27||5–5||18–0||23–5||11||1|
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, 2010 and 2013.
|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|
|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|
|Year End Ranking||7||7||8||8||2||2||2||1||1||1||2|
Longest winning streakEdit
|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||Lost|
Finals: 5 (4 titles, 1 runner-up)Edit
|Winner||2006||Spiroudome, Charleroi, Belgium||Hard (i)||Francesca Schiavone
|Runner-up||2007||Luzhniki Palace of Sports, Moscow, Russia||Hard (i)||Francesca Schiavone
|Winner||2009||Circolo del Tennis, Reggio Calabria, Italy||Clay||Flavia Pennetta
|United States||Melanie Oudin
|Winner||2010||San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, United States||Hard (i)||Flavia Pennetta
|United States||Melanie Oudin
|Winner||2013||Tennis Club Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy||Clay||Flavia Pennetta
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