The draw for the Season II Davis Cup has been made in Geneva with some intriguing World Group ties coming out of the hat.
Serbia, the defending champions, have been drawn against last year's top seeds Argentina for a first round tie to take place in the South American country. Argentina were eliminated in a shocked first round defeat to Chile in Buenos Aires last season, but now boast a French Open semifinalist in their ranks.
The political turmoil in the island of CWLand means that just one of the two nations will compete in their first round fixture and it is a doozy; Spain in Spain. A few of the higher ranked players from both nations have expressed their desire to end Daniel Páez Blanco's domination on clay, and two will get their chance in March.
Also in the bottom half, the Czech Republic do battle with eighth seeds Croatia whilst season I runners up Russia begin in Belgium.
The full draw for the Season II Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group is as follows:
SERBIA (s) v ARGENTINA (c)(*)
JAPAN v SWEDEN (s)(c)(*)
UNITED STATES (s)(c)(*) v ROMANIA
SWITZERLAND (c)(*) v CHILE (s)
SPAIN (s)(c)(*) v DR CWLAND
GREAT BRITAIN (c)(*) v AUSTRIA (s)
CROATIA (s)(c)(*) v CZECH REPUBLIC
BELGIUM(c)(*) v RUSSIA(s)
First Round ties to be played on 5-7 March I.Venues to be sent to the ITF by 15 December.
(s) = seeded nation
(c) = choice of ground
(*) = choice of ground decided by lot.