BOISE, Idaho – Future Boise State junior Shauna Heffernan was selected to represent Ireland at the 2022 Billie Jean King Cup. The BJK Cup is the women’s equivalent of the men’s Davis Cup on the world stage.
“I’m so excited to play in the BJK Cup in a few weeks!” said Heffernan. “Last year we performed very well which gave us a lot of confidence for this year’s competition. It’s an absolute honor to be able to represent my country and I look forward to doing so alongside a brilliant group of people.”
It is the second year in a row that she has been chosen for the Irish national team.
Heffernan and her Irish teammates will participate in the Europe Africa Group III 2022 stage which will consist of 33 teams divided into two tournaments (A&B). Ireland, who are ranked 67th in the world, are the No. 1 seed in Tournament B to be played in Skopje, North Macedonia from July 4-9.
Other Tournament B nations include Malta, South Africa, Portugal, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Iceland, Kenya, Namibia, Albania, Congo, Uganda, Botswana, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Seychelles and Sudan. Only one nation will qualify for the Europe Africa Group II stage in 2023. The official draw will take place at the event in July.
In 2021, the Irish narrowly missed out on promotion from Stage II of the Europe Africa 2022 group with a score of 4-1 before falling in the final to Bosnia and Herzegovina. Last year, Heffernan competed in doubles for the Irish with a 4-1 record overall.