Davis Cup Qualifiers 2020
Twenty-four teams will compete in the Davis Cup by Rakuten Qualifiers on 6–7 March, with the ties played under a home-and-away format. The 12 winning nations will advance to the Finals 2020 where they will be joined by the four semi-finalists from the Finals 2019 (Spain, Canada, Great Britain and Russia) as well as two wild cards (France and Serbia). The 12 losing nations will compete in Zone Group action.
Croatia vs India
Host nation: Croatia. Dom Sportova, Zagreb (Hard, Indoors)
Croatia finished third in Group B in the Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals this year. The 2018 champions hope to have Marin Cilic and Borna Coric fully fit and available when they host India, who beat Pakistan to win a place in the 2020 Qualifiers. The only meeting between the two nations dates back to the first round of the World Group in 1995 in New Delhi, with an Indian victory 3–2.
Belgium vs Hungary
Host nation: Hungary. Fonix Hall, Debrecen (Clay, Indoors)
Hungary achieved a tight victory (3–2) over Ukraine in September to reach the Qualifiers, where they will face a Belgian team that missed out on the quarter-finals in Madrid after finishing second in Group D, behind Australia. The two teams have met on 13 occasions, with the balance favouring Belgium 8–5, including in their last duel, which finished with a Belgian victory in Liège in 2018.
Argentina vs Colombia
Host nation: Colombia. Palacio de los Deportes, Bogota (Clay, Indoors)
With Juan Sebastián Cabal and Robert Farah – the best doubles pair in the world – on their side, Colombia fought hard in the Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals, but finished third in Group D. Argentina advanced to the quarter-finals as one of the two best second-placed teams in the group stage, losing a dramatic doubles match against Spain. The ‘coffee’ team has never defeated Argentina in three previous meetings. Will it be fourth time lucky?
United States vs Uzbekistan
Host nation: United States. Neal S. Blaisdell Center, Honolulu (Hard, Indoors)
The United States recorded an impressive victory over Italy in Group F in the Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals, but lost for the first time to Canada, the eventual finalists, to miss out on the knockout stages. Uzbekistan defeated Lebanon (3–2) in the Group I qualifier in September to reach the Qualifiers. The two nations have only met once, in the 2015 play-offs in Tashkent, with a 3–1 win for the US.
Australia vs Brazil
Host nation: Australia. Memorial Drive Tennis Centre, Adelaide (Hard, Outdoors)
After finishing at the top of Group D ahead of Belgium and Colombia, Australia lost to Canada in the quarter-finals in Madrid. The Australians have a 3–0 record against Brazil, who recorded a comfortable 3–1 victory against Barbados in September to book their Qualifiers place for the second time in an attempt to debut in the Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals.
Italy vs Korea, Rep.
Host nation: Italy. Circolo Tennis Cagliari, Cagliari (Clay, Outdoors)
Italy finished third in Group F in the Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals after their tight 2–1 losses to both Canada and the United States. In March, they will be host to South Korea. It is the second meeting between the two nations (with two Italian victories) and the first since 1987. The South Koreans defeated China 3–1 in September to reach the Qualifiers for the first time.
Germany vs Belarus
Host nation: Germany. Castello Düsseldorf, Dusseldorf (Hard, Indoors)
Germany defeated Argentina and Chile in Group C to reach the quarter-finals at the Caja Mágica, where they lost to Great Britain 2–0, with victories for Kyle Edmund and Dan Evans. Belarus prevailed in the only previous encounter with the Germans, dating back to 2003, and defeated Portugal 3–2 in September to advance to the Qualifiers in 2020.
Kazakhstan vs Netherlands
Host nation: Kazakhstan. National Tennis Center, Nur Sultan (Hard, Indoors)
Curiously, both teams starred in the first Group E duel in Madrid, with a 2–1 victory for Kazakhstan, a win that would prove insufficient to get to the knockout rounds of the Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals after a tight defeat to Great Britain. In March, the two nations will meet again, under the home-and-away format of the Qualifiers and fortune smiled on Holland as hosts.
Czech Rep. vs Slovakia
Host nation: Slovakia. AXA Arena NTC, Bratislava (Clay, Indoors)
This is the first confrontation between these neighbouring countries since Slovakia first disputed the Davis Cup as an independent nation in 1994. In the absence of any background, the home venue for this tie had to be decided by lotter. Slovakia made it through to the Qualifiers following an impressive 3–1 victory over Switzerland, while the Czechs defeated Bosnia and Herzegovina 3–2. This alludes to how the home and away venues are decided, but it is never explained. Is it explained somewhere else?
Austria vs Uruguay
Host nation: Austria. Steiermarkhalle Schwarzlsee in Premstätten, Graz (Hard, Indoors)
The Austrian number one, Dominic Thiem, helped his team to record a narrow 3–2 victory on their visit to Finland in September. The Uruguayans, meanwhile, defeated the Dominican Republic 3–1, to debut next March in the Qualifiers. It will be the second confrontation between these two teams, after the Austrians prevailed in Montevideo in 1994, 3–2.
Japan vs Ecuador
Host nation: Japan. Bourbon Beans Dome, Miki (Hard, Indoors)
Japan were on the verge of surprising France in the Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals, but eventually finished third in Group A in Madrid. The Japanese will expect to be able to count on the contribution of their number one, Kei Nishikori, when they face Ecuador for the first time. The Ecuadorians booked their place in the Qualifiers thanks to a convincing 4–0 victory over Venezuela.
Sweden vs Chile
Host nation: Sweden. The royal Tennis Hall, Stockholm (Hard, Indoors).
Sweden defeated Israel 3–1 in September to advance to the Qualifiers, in which they will host Chile, who finished third in Group C in the Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals, following defeats against Argentina and Germany. The teams have already met five times, with the balance favouring the Swedes 4–1, the last meeting being in 1985. The lonely Chilean victory in those duels dates back to 1959, curiously, on Swedish soil.