31 Jan - 02 Feb 2014, Irene Country Club, Centurion, South Africa, Hard, Outdoor
South Africa will host Monaco in this Zone Group II first round tie, which will be played at Irene Country Club in Centurion. The South Africans have been victorious in both of the previous meetings between the nations, including a tight 3-2 win in Monte Carlo in 2008.
South Africa endured a miserable season in 2013, losing to Poland and Slovenia, consigning the South Africans to a relegation play-off against Russia in October. The Russian team of Bogmolov Jr., Khachanov, Kuznetsov and Kravchuk eased to victory in Moscow, winning all five rubbers, and consigning South Africa to relegation after five years at Group I level.
Monaco enjoyed a fine victory over Belarus in the first round of 2013, and led 2-1 going into the final day of their quarterfinal tie with Latvia in April. However, Latvians Ernests Gulbis and Andis Juska defeated Benjamin Balleret and Jean-Rene Lisnard respectively to seal the tie.
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