Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska leads the charge as the ITF announces the nominations for Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group and World Group II.
The World No. 4 is hoping to earn back-to-back promotions for her team after rising up from Europe/Africa I last year and the 24-year-old will be joined by Katarzyna Piter, Paula Kania and Alicja Rosolska in the absence of her sister, Urszula.
Poland faces Sweden in a World Group II first round contest, with the Swedes turning to the tried and tested duo of Johanna Larsson and Sofia Arvidsson.
The pick of the World Group ties has to be Slovak Republic against Germany at the Aegon Arena in Bratislava.
The Slovaks will have Australian Open runner-up Dominika Cibulkova and Daniela Hantuchova among their ranks against a German team full of talent including world No. 9 Angelique Kerber.
Sam Stosur will lead Australia into battle against a weak Russian team in Hobart. Stosur will be ably supported by Casey Dellacqua, Ashleigh Barty and Fed Cup debutante Storm Sanders.
USA will be without a host of top names for its home time against reigning champions Italy as Madison Keys, Alison Riske, Chrstina McHale and Lauren Davis look to get the business done in Cleveland, Ohio.
Italy will be without its usual quartet of players and instead has named Karin Knapp, Camila Giorgi, Nastassja Burnett and Alice Matteucci.
Spain will need to be at their best to overcome a Petra Kvitova-inspired Czech Republic, while Serbia has to contend with Australian Open semifinalist Eugenie Bouchard when Canada comes to town.
France' Alize Cornet leads her country's bid against Switzerland, while Paula Ormaechea will once again need to perform if Argentina is to oust Japan.
The full nominations are listed below:
WORLD GROUP FIRST ROUND
USA v ITALY
Venue: Public Auditorium, Cleveland, OH (hard – indoors)
Captain: Mary Joe Fernandez
Captain: Corrado Barazzutti
SPAIN v CZECH REPUBLIC
Venue: Centro de Tenis Blas Infante, Seville (clay – outdoors)
Carla Suarez Navarro
Captain: Conchita Martinez
Captain: Petr Pala
SLOVAK REPUBLIC v GERMANY
Venue: Aegon Arena, National Tennis Centre, Bratislava (hard – indoors)
Captain: Matej Liptak
Sabine Lisicki (replaced by Anna-Lena Groenefeld)
Captain: Barbara Rittner
AUSTRALIA v RUSSIA
Venue: Domain Tennis Centre, Hobart (hard – outdoors)
Captain: Alicia Molik
Captain: Anastasia Myskina
WORLD GROUP II FIRST ROUND
CANADA v SERBIA
Venue: Complexe Sportif Claude Robillard, Montreal (hard – indoors)
Captain: Sylvain Bruneau
Captain: Dejan Vranes
SWEDEN v POLAND
Venue: Borashallen, Boras (hard – indoors)
Captain: Lars-Anders Wahlgren
Captain: Tomasz Wiktorowski
FRANCE v SWITZERLAND
Venue: Stade de Coubertin, Paris (hard – indoors)
Captain: Amelie Mauresmo
Captain: Heinz Guenthardt
ARGENTINA v JAPAN
Venue: Pilara Tennis Club, Buenos Aires (clay – outdoors)
Captain: Maria-Jose Gaidano
Captain: Yuka Kaneko