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03 December 2013

Serbia to play Switzerland in Novi Sad


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Photo: Srdjan StevanovicThe Spens Sports Center in Novi Sad

Serbia has announced the venue for what could be a mouth-watering Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group first round encounter against Switzerland on 31 January-2 February 2014.

Fans in Novi Sad could have the chance to watch the likes of Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka in the opening round of next year’s competition when Serbia and Switzerland go head-to-head on a hard indoor court at the Spens Sports Center.

This will be just the second time that Serbia has contested a Davis Cup tie at the Novi Sad venue, with the only previous match-up there coming against India in the first round in 2011.

The Serbians will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing defeat in the final last month, which was their first loss on home soil for more than two years, while Switzerland will be hoping to win a World Group first round tie for the first time in a decade.

The last time the Swiss advanced to the World Group quarterfinals was in 2004, when they defeated Romania. Much will depend on the availability of the star duo of Federer and Wawrinka, but with both players ending the year in the Top 10 they have a dangerous team on paper.

The full list of venues, including Zone Groups I and II, are below:

World Group
Czech Republic v Netherlands - Cez Arena, Ostrava
Japan v Canada - Ariake Colosseum, Tokyo
Germany v Spain - Fraport Arena, Frankfurt
France v Australia - Vendespace, La Roche sur Yon
USA v Great Britain - Petco Park, San Diego, CA
Argentina v Italy - Patinodromo "Alberto Lugea", Mar del Plata
Kazakhstan v Belgium - National Tennis Centre, Astana
Serbia v Switzerland - Spens Sport Centre, Novi Sad

Americas Zone Group I
Ecuador v Venezuela – Guayaquil Tennis Club, Guayaquil (clay – outdoor)
Dominican Republic v Uruguay – Centro Nacional de Tenis Parque del Este, Santo Domingo (hard – outdoor)

Asia/Oceania Zone Group I
China, P.R. v New Zealand – Tianjin Tennis Center, Tianjin (hard – indoor)
India v Chinese Taipei – ITC Tennis Stadium, Indore, (hard – outdoor)

Europe/Africa Zone Group I
Russia v Poland – Olympic Stadium, Moscow (hard – indoor)
Slovenia v Portugal – Teniski Klub Triglav Kranj, Kranj (hard – indoor)
Ukraine v Romania – Megaron Tennis Club, Dnipropetrovsk (hard – indoor)
Slovak Republic v Latvia – Aegon Arena, Bratislava (hard – indoor)

Americas Zone Group II
Barbados v Chile – National Tennis Centre, Bridgetown (hard – outdoor)
Paraguay v El Salvador – Club Internacional de Tenis, Asuncion (clay - outdoor)
Boliva v Peru – Club De Tenis, Trinidad (clay - outdoor)
Guatemala v Mexico – Federacion Nacional de Tenis de Campo, Guatemala City (hard - outdoor)

Asia/Oceania Zone Group II
Sri Lanka v Philippines – Sri Lanka Tennis Association, Colombo (hard – outdoor)
Vietnam v Pakistan – The 198 Tennis Club, Da Lat City (hard - outdoor)
Thailand v Hong Kong, China – National Tennis Development Center, Nonthaburi (hard – outdoor)
Kuwait v Indonesia – Kuwait Tennis Federation Center, Mishref (hard – outdoor)

Europe/Africa Zone Group II
South Africa v Monaco – Irene Country Club, Centurion (hard – outdoor)
Norway v Lithuania – Oslo Tennis Arena, Oslo (hard – indoor)
Finland v Bulgaria – Tali Tennis Center, Helsinki (hard – indoor)
Bosnia/Herzegovina v Greece – Mojmilo Sports Hall, Sarajevo (hard – indoor)
Belarus v Ireland – Republic Olympic Training Center for Tennis, Minsk (hard – indoor)
Moldova v Egypt – Manejul de Atletica Usoara, Chisinau (hard – indoor)
Morocco v Luxembourg – Club Union Sportive des Cheminots du Maroc, Rabat (clay – outdoor)
Denmark v Cyprus – Horsholm-Rungsted Tennisklub, Copenhagen (hard – indoor)

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