BJK Cup finals postponed due to COVID-19

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The finals of the Billie Jean King Cup, the revamped Fed Cup which was scheduled to be held from April 13-18 in Budapest, has again been postponed.

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) said on Thursday that the event, which is the World Cup of women's team tennis, has had to be put on hold due to COVID-19 protocols in Hungary.

The inaugural 12-nation finals, which was to feature the 2019 finalists Australia, was initially scheduled to be held in March last year before the pandemic forced authorities to put it back a year.

The ITF and the Hungarian National Sports Agency (NSA) said the finals would be rescheduled to later in the year.

"Several scenarios have been under review, which include playing behind closed doors," organisers said in a statement.

"However, continued uncertainty and the challenges due to the COVID-19 virus, locally and internationally, have made it unfeasible to host a world cup team competition of this scale indoors in Budapest on the scheduled dates."

While the finals have been rescheduled, playoff ties for the 2022 qualifiers are set to go ahead on a home-away basis on April 16-17.

The tournament was renamed last year in honour of Billie Jean King who helped the United States win the inaugural Fed Cup in 1963. France are the reigning champions after winning their third title in 2019.