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2019 Davis Cup Qualifiers take shape

The ITF has announced the nations that have secured a place in the 2019 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Qualifiers following the completion of this weekend’s World Group play-offs. 

The draw for the Qualifiers will take place at the ITF offices in London on Wednesday 26 September 2018.


SEPTEMBER 17 

The eight winners of this weekend’s World Group play-offs join the four losing quarter finalists from the 2018 competition as seeded nations in the 2019 Qualifiers. The Qualifiers ties will take place on 1-2 February 2019.
The 12 seeded nations for the 2019 Qualifiers are (current Davis Cup Nations’ Ranking in brackets):

1. Argentina (3)
2. Belgium (4)
3. Great Britain (5)
4. Serbia (8)
5. Italy (10)
6. Germany (11)
7. Kazakhstan (13)
8. Czech Republic (14)
9. Sweden (15)
10. Austria (16)
11. Canada (17)
12. Japan (18)

They will be drawn against 12 unseeded nations (six from Europe/Africa, three from Asia/Oceania and three from Americas), 10 of which have been confirmed based on their position on the Davis Cup Nations’ Ranking of Monday 17 September.
The unseeded nations for the 2019 Qualifiers are (current Davis Cup Nations’ Ranking in brackets):

Europe/Africa
Switzerland (12)
Hungary (21)
Netherlands (22)
Russia (23)
Europe/Africa nation TBC
Europe/Africa nation TBC

Asia/Oceania
Australia (9)
India (20)
Uzbekistan (24)
 
Americas
Colombia (19)
Chile (25)
Brazil (27)

The two remaining nations from Europe/Africa will be confirmed after the Europe/Africa Zone Group I relegation play-offs in October: Portugal v South Africa (19-20 October) and Slovakia v Belarus (26-27 October). Two ‘Europe/Africa Nation TBC’ slots will be drawn at the draw for the Qualifiers.
Eighteen nations will compete at the 2019 Davis Cup final event. The four semifinalists in 2018 – Croatia, France, Spain and USA – will be joined by the 12 winners from the 2019 Qualifiers and two wild card nations. France and Croatia will contest the 2018 Davis Cup Final on 23-25 November.
The two nations that will receive wild cards into the 2019 final event will be announced prior to the draw. If a nation that is due to take part in the Qualifiers is awarded a wild card, their place in the Qualifiers will be taken by the next-highest ranked nation. If a seeded nation is given a wild card the next-highest ranked nation will be seeded in the Qualifiers.
To be eligible to receive a wild card, nations must be ranked in the Top 50 on the Davis Cup Nations’ Ranking of Monday 17 September or have at least one player ranked inside the Top 10 of the ATP World Rankings.


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