The Draw for the 2011 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas was made in Brussels on Wednesday, with the nations competing in the World Group, Group I and Group II all finding out their first round opponents next year.
Having already secured its place in the final in December, Serbia is the top seed in 2011 and has been drawn at home against India in the World Group first round. This year’s other finalist, France, travels to Austria.
In 2010, Serbia has enjoyed its best Davis Cup run and will be hoping to go into next year’s competition as the defending champion. India secured a spot in the top tier with a gutsy 3-2 play-off victory over Brazil, having come back from 2-0 down in Chennai.
France holds an unbeaten record against Austria, winning all seven of their previous meetings. The most recent match-up was a home tie for the French in 2000, which ended in a 5-0 whitewash. Austria recorded a fifth rubber win over Israel to book a place in the World Group.
The most successful nation in Davis Cup history, USA, faces another tricky trip to South America. Having just battled past Colombia in the play-offs, the Americans now travel to Chile in the first round when they will have a new captain in the chair, following the news that Patrick McEnroe has stood down after ten years at the helm.
Last weekend’s beaten semifinalists, Argentina and Czech Republic, have both received home draws against Romania and World Group first-timers Kazakhstan respectively. Meanwhile, Sweden hosts Russia, Spain faces a trip to Belgium and Croatia plays Germany at home.
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