Davis Cup by Rakuten Qualifiers to be held on 6-7 March.
The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has today announced the Draw for the 2020 Davis Cup by Rakuten Qualifiers to be held on 6–7 March.
The 12 home-and-away ties will consist of four singles matches and one doubles match with all matches played over the best-of-three tie-break sets. Two singles matches will be played on Friday 6 March, with the doubles match followed by two reverse singles matches on Saturday 7 March.
The 12 winning nations in the Qualifiers will compete in the Davis Cup by Rakuten Madrid Finals 2020. They will join this year’s four semi-finalists – Canada, Great Britain, Russia and Spain – and the two wild card nations – France and Serbia – in the Finals on 23–29 November 2020.
The 12 losing nations will compete in World Group I ties in September 2020.
The draw is as follows:
2020 Qualifiers (6–7 March)
Croatia (s) (c) v India
Croatia finished third in Group B at the Davis Cup Finals this year. The 2018 champions will hope to have a fully-fit Marin Cilic and Borna Coric available when they host India.
Hungary (c) v Belgium (s)
Hungary won a narrow 3-2 victory over Ukraine in September to advance to the Qualifiers where they will face a Belgium side that missed out on the quarter-finals in Madrid after finishing second behind Australia in Group D.
Colombia (c) v Argentina (s)
With doubles world No.1s Juan-Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in their side, Colombia put up a strong fight at the Davis Cup Finals but eventually finished third in Group D. Argentina advanced to the quarter-finals from Group C, but lost a dramatic deciding doubles to Spain.
USA (s) (c) v Uzbekistan
USA recorded a good win over Italy in Group F at the Davis Cup Finals but lost to finalists Canada for the first time to miss out on the knockout stages. Uzbekistan defeated Lebanon 3-2 in September’s Group I ties to reach the Qualifiers.
Australia (s) (c) v Brazil
After topping Group D ahead of Belgium and Colombia, Australia lost to Canada in the quarter-finals in Madrid. They hold a 3-0 record against Brazil, who posted a comfortable 3-1 victory against Barbados in September to reach the Qualifiers.
Italy (s) (c) v Korea, Rep.
Italy finished third in Group F at the Davis Cup Finals after narrow 2-1 defeats to both Canada and USA. They will host Korea, Rep. in the nations’ first meeting since 1987, the Koreans overcoming China 3-1 in September to reach the Qualifiers for the first time.
Germany (s) (c) v Belarus
Germany defeated Argentina and Chile to reach the quarter-finals at Caja Magica, where they lost to Great Britain. Belarus won their only previous meeting with the Germans in 2003, and defeated Portugal 3-2 in September to advance to the Qualifiers next year.
Kazakhstan (s) (c*) v Netherlands
Kazakhstan beat Netherlands 2-1 in the first Group E clash in Madrid before losing narrowly to Great Britain and missing out on the knockout stages. The nations will meet again in March, their first home-and-away showdown in Davis Cup.
Slovakia (c*) v Czech Republic (s)
A first meeting between the neighbouring countries since Slovakia first played Davis Cup as an independent nation in 1994. The hosts advanced to the Qualifiers after an impressive 3-1 victory over Switzerland, while the Czechs defeated Bosnia and Herzegovina 3-2.
Austria (s) (c) v Uruguay
Dominic Thiem helped Austria record a narrow 3-2 win in Finland to set up a second clash with Uruguay, having triumphed when the sides last met in 1994. The visitors defeated Dominican Republic 3-1 to reach the Qualifiers for the first time.
Japan (s) (c*) v Ecuador
Japan came close to upsetting top seeds France at the Davis Cup Finals, but finished third in Group A in Madrid. They will hope to have Kei Nishikori back in the side when face Ecuador for the first time, the South Americans reaching the Qualifiers after a convincing 4-0 win against Venezuela.
Sweden (s) (c) v Chile
Sweden defeated Israel 3-1 in September to progress to the Qualifiers, where they will host Chile, who finished third in Group C at the Davis Cup Finals followin defeats by Argentina and Germany.
(s) denotes seeded nation
(c) denotes choice of ground
(*) denotes choice of ground determined by lot