Group IEurope/Africa1st Round
Slovak Republic will host Latvia in Bratislava in this Europe/Africa Zone Group I first round tie. This is the teams' first Davis Cup meeting.
The Slovaks were involved in two extremely tight ties in 2013, with both being settled in the fifth rubber. Ukraine's Illya Marchenko defeated Andrej Martin in February's first round encounter, meaning that Slovak Republic would have to contest a play-off against Sweden. Taking a 2-0 lead after day one, they survived a Swedish fightback, as Lukas Lacko beat Isak Arvidsson in straight sets in the decider.
Latvia return to this level for the first time since 2010 after defeating Finland in Riga in September. Ernests Gulbis made the difference, winning both of his singles matches, and successfully teaming up with Mikelis Libietis in the doubles, giving Latvia a 3-2 win.