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1st Round of The Fed Cup by BNP Paribas - 5 and 6 February 2011

The first round of the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas will take place on 5 and 6 February. BNP Paribas, the title sponsor of this the number one women's team tennis competition, eagerly awaits the following World Group matches: Russia and France, Australia and Italy, the Slovak and Czech Republics, and Belgium and the United States.

BNP Paribas is passionate about its commitment to women's tennis. With over 80 nations taking part, the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is a powerful way of highlighting women's endeavours and aspirations - values which our Group strongly supports.
In addition to our partnership with the Fed Cup, which was recently been renewed for a further 5-year period, the Group supports major WTA circuit tournaments such as the Bank of the West Classic in the United States, the Internationaux de Strasbourg in France, the Grand Prix SAR Lalla Meriem in Morocco, amongst others.

For over 40 years, BNP Paribas has been working closely with tennis, demonstrating an unrivalled enthusiasm for the sport. Sponsoring major tournaments on the professional circuit has helped the Group to enhance global brand-awareness and to forge closer relationships with our customers and prospective clients.

Today we are the world's number one sponsor of tennis in all its forms, and our ambitions go further than simply gaining recognition for the brand. BNP Paribas is a committed and innovative partner for the sports' future. In fact, the phrase "We are tennis" says it all - perfectly encapsulating our determination to promote tennis for all, and in all forms.

About BNP Paribas
BNP Paribas ( is one of the six strongest banks in the world* and the largest bank in the eurozone by deposits. The Group has a presence in more than 80 countries and more than 200,000 employees, including 160,000 in Europe. It ranks highly in its three core activities: Retail Banking, Investment Solutions and Corporate & Investment Banking. In Europe, the Group has four domestic markets (Belgium, France, Italy and Luxembourg) and BNP Paribas Personal Finance is the leader in consumer lending. BNP Paribas is rolling out its integrated retail banking model across the Europe-Mediterranean zone and boasts a large network in the western part of the United States. In its Corporate & Investment Banking and Investment Solutions activities, BNP Paribas also enjoys top positions in Europe, a strong presence in the Americas and solid and fast-growing businesses in Asia.
* Rated AA by Standard & Poor's i.e. 3rd rating level on a scale of 22.

BNP Paribas and tennis
A loyal partner of tennis for 38 years, BNP Paribas is actively involved in the sport at international and local level, supporting not only the professional game but also social, amateur and schools events. Through these years, BNP Paribas has become the world's number one tennis sponsor: official sponsor of Roland Garros since 1973, title sponsor of the BNP Paribas Masters since 1986, the Bank of the West Classic in California since 1991, the Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas since 2001 and 2005 respectively, the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome since 2006, the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells since 2009 and the Shanghai Masters since 2010. In addition, the Group actively supports various other international competitions including the Grand Prix Hassan II in Casablanca and the Open 13 in Marseilles. The Group is also official partner of International Wheelchair Tennis. As a sponsor of various international federations, 2000 individual clubs, 550 amateur tournaments, plus educational programmes all over the world, BNP Paribas helps to promote tennis and to encourage people everywhere to take part. The Group's values and active social commitment are mirrored in our support for various projects such as the Fête le Mur association founded by Yannick Noah and the Tennis Telethon in France, the Oberer Tennis Camp in Switzerland and the BNP Paribas Taste of Tennis programme in the United States.