The ITF and Kosmos Tennis today announced the Draw for the 2019 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Qualifiers to be held on 1-2 February 2019.
The 12 winners will compete in the 2019 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas finals, joining the four semi-finalists from the 2018 competition – Croatia, France, Spain, USA – and Argentina and Great Britain, who were awarded wild cards earlier today. The 12 losing nations will compete in their respective 2019 Zone Group competitions.
Qualifier ties will consist of four singles rubbers and one doubles rubber with all matches played over the best-of-three tiebreak sets. Two singles rubbers will be played on Friday 1 February, with the doubles followed by the two reverse singles rubbers on Saturday 2 February.
The draw is as follows:
2019 Qualifiers (1-2 February)
Brazil (c) v Belgium (s)
Uzbekistan (c) v Serbia (s)
Australia (s) (c) (*) v Bosnia/Herzegovina
India (c) v Italy (s)
Germany (s) (c) v Hungary
Switzerland (s) (c) v Russia
Kazakhstan (s) v Europe/Africa nation TBC
Czech Republic (s) (c) v Netherlands
Colombia (c) (*) v Sweden (s)
Austria (s) (c) v Chile
Canada (s) v Europe/Africa nation TBC
China, P.R. (c) v Japan (s)
(s) denotes seeded nation
(c) denotes choice of ground
(*) denotes choice of ground determined by lot
ITF President David Haggerty said: “Today’s draw marks the start of an exciting new chapter in Davis Cup’s long and distinguished history, mixing tradition and innovation. I have no doubt that February’s Qualifiers will stimulate the passion in fans and players that has always been a feature of Davis Cup, and that this will carry through to the finals where we will witness a magnificent world-class sporting spectacle. I would like to wish all nations competing in the Qualifiers the best of luck.”
The two remaining nations from Europe/Africa will be confirmed after the 2018 Europe/Africa Zone Group I relegation play-offs in October and based on the Davis Cup Nations Ranking of Monday 29 October. These nations will be drawn into the Qualifier Draw following the completion of the 2018 competition, with the choice of ground for their respective ties confirmed at this time.