RECORD 39 NATIONS IN FEDERATION CUP
The Miami Herald
Friday, March 18, 1983
UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL
A record 39 nations have entered the 1983 Federation Tennis Cup in Zurich, organizers announced Wednesday.
The finals are scheduled for July 17-24, with seven qualifying matches July 7 to reduce the field to 32.
"This is the first time in history that we will have qualifying matches," said Paolo Angeli, executive director of the event and a member of the management committee of the International Tennis Federation.
"It was a matter of having qualifying matches or dropping some entrants according to rankings. We believe strongly in giving every nation a chance to compete, so we were against restrictions."
Team selections must be made known by April 17, although changes can be made up to five days before a match starts. Some associations have already picked their teams, the United States among them.
The U.S., the defending champion, has definitely entered Martina Navratilova and Andrea Jaeger, leaving other places open to players such as Chris Evert Lloyd and Pam Shriver.
The draw for the event, the women's equivalent of the men's Davis Cup, has been scheduled June 7 at Zurich.