Bolivia were given a difficult draw in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Americas Zone Group III event that starts in La Paz on Monday.
With one pool of four teams and one pool of five teams, those nations drawn in the smaller group will benefit from an extra day’s rest but that is the only glimmer of hope that can be taken by the hosts after they were handed favourites Paraguay in the round robin stage.
Bolivian captain Mauricio Solis, who looked calm after the draw took place at the Club de Tennis on Sunday, said: “We cannot predict the matches. I see Jamaica as being winnable and I don’t know what Cuba will be like as they have only just arrived.
“It’s a group of four, so we’ll have more rest, that’s the good news, the bad news is that two of the strongest teams – Bolivia and Paraguay – have been drawn in the same group. But we have been in similar situations before and we have been able to progress in the past and now we must do the same.”
He added that Hugo Dellien and Federico Zeballos would be his team's first choice singles players.
In the other group, seeds Costa Rica looked happy with their pool as captain Martin Echandi reflected with a smile: “Sometimes you want to be in the smaller group so that you can rest but we came here to play and gain experience. We have been given a draw where we know all of the opposition and we hope to do well again this year.”
He reiterated the fact that his team has finished runners-up the last two years so they go in full of high hopes.
The full draw is listed below:
1. Costa Rica