Canada and South Africa are meeting each other for the second time although the first tie between the two nations was all the way back in 1913, when Canada claimed the victory. Although South Africa were initially awarded home advantage they asked to switch the tie to Canada for financial reasons.
Canada have spent just a single year in the World Group in their latest spell at the top level of Davis Cup competition. In the first round they were overpowered by a star-studded French team in Vancouver leading them to have to fight for their place in the division for next year.
South Africa are bidding for a place in the top tier for the first time since 1998 but have missed out in the play-offs in each of the last three years. They saw off the challenge of Slovakia in Europe/Africa Zone Group I earlier this year to try and make it fourth time lucky in their attempt at promotion.