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29 May 2013

Venues confirmed for World Group play-offs


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The ITF has confirmed all eight of the venues to be used for September's World Group play-offs. The list features three capital cities across just two different continents - Asia and Europe.

Spain v Ukraine

Venue: Caja Magica
Location: Madrid, Spain
Surface: Outdoor clay

Better known as the venue for the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 series event in Madrid, the Caja Magica has also played host to basketball, handball and the MTV Europe Music Awards. There are three courts under one structure and should Madrid's bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games prove successful it is thought the venue will play its part in that event.

Netherlands v Austria

Venue: MartiniPlaza
Location: Groningen, Netherlands
Surface: Indoor clay

Netherlands will host Austria on clay at the MartiniPlaza, which is home to Dutch basketball team GasTerra Flames. An indoor hall with a capacity of 4,000, the MartiniPlaza has never hosted a Davis Cup tie before.

Croatia v Great Britain

Venue: Stadion Stella Maris
Location: Umag, Croatia
Surface: Outdoor clay

Another ATP venue, the Stadion Stella Maris plays host to the Croatia Open each July, and has been chosen as a ground in which Croatia will look to nullify the talents of British No. 1 Andy Murray. The Scotsman has struggled on clay this year and the hosts' decision to play on the surface looks to be an inspired one.

Switzerland v Ecuador

Venue: Patinoire du Littoral
Location: Neuchatel, Switzerland
Surface: Indoor hard

Situated on the shores of Lake Neuchatel near the French border, the Patinoire du Littoral has a capacity of 4,000 and the Swiss will be hoping the home fans can lift their team to win the tie and in so doing retain their place in the top tier of Davis Cup.

Germany v Brazil

Venue: Ratiopharm Arena
Location: Ulm, Neu-Ulm, Germany
Surface: Indoor hard

A multi-purpose indoor arena with a capacity of 4,400, the Ratiopharm Arena is situated in Ulm, which is located in the south of Germany between Stuttgart and Munich. Germany has elected to play its tie against Brazil on an indoor hard court, negating the impact of the likes of clay court specialist Thomaz Bellucci.

Poland v Australia

Venue: Torwar Hall
Location: Warsaw, Poland
Surface: Indoor clay

Built in the 1950s, Torwar Hall is another multi-purpose indoor venue which has played host to sports as varied as basketball, mixed martial arts, figure skating and ice hockey. It can now add tennis to the list as Jerzy Janowicz looks to lead his Polish team into battle against an Australian outfit that has been knocking on the door of the World Group with little success in recent years.

Belgium v Israel

Venue: Lotto Arena
Location: Antwerp, Belgium
Surface: Indoor clay

Home to the Belgian basketball team Antwerp Giants, Lotto Arena was only built six years ago. With a stadium capacity of 4,000 the Belgians will be in full voice when the Israeli team comes to town.

Japan v Colombia

Venue: Ariake Coliseum
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Surface: Outdoor hard

Four of Japan's last five home Davis Cup by BNP Paribas ties have taken place at the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo so the players and the fans alike know what to expect. One of the few tennis venues with a retractable roof, the capacity of the venue will be 8,000.

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