Group IEurope/Africa1st Round
Ukraine will host Romania in the first round of the 2014 competition. The tie will take place at the Megaron Tennis Club in Dnipropetrovsk. Romania won the teams' only previous meeting in 2010, a 3-1 victory in Bucharest.
The Ukrainians missed their chance to enter the World Group after defeat by Spain in Madrid in September. With Rafael Nadal returning to the Spanish team for the first time in two years, Spain proved too strong, winning 5-0. However, Ukraine will be confident coming into this tie, having shown their resolve when coming from 1-2 down twice (against Slovak Republic and Sweden) in 2013.
Romania had a mixed season in 2013. A 5-0 victory over Denmark gave the Romanians the chance to play for a World Group play-off place against the Netherlands. However, they suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of the Dutch, meaning that they will compete at this level for the third consecutive year.