Britain to face US in 1st round of Davis Cup again
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Britain will host the United States in a first-round rematch in next year’s Davis Cup.
Led by Andy Murray, Britain upset the Americans — playing without the injured John Isner — 3-1 last year in San Diego.
The two sides were drawn on Thursday to face each other again in the World Group opening round from March 6-8.
Britain is the home team and has the choice of venue and surface.
Murray was quoted as telling the Daily Mail website that he will play for Britain in the 2015 Davis Cup, regardless of the outcome of Scotland’s referendum on independence. Earlier Thursday, he tweeted support for independence.
Japan and Canada will also meet in the first round for a second straight year. Japan won in Tokyo this year, their first tie since 1938.
France hosts Switzerland in this year’s final, to be played from Nov. 21-23.
France was drawn to play at Germany next year — France won their quarterfinal in April — with Switzerland traveling to Belgium.
South American rivals Argentina and Brazil will meet for the first time since 1980. The tie — their first ever in the World Group — will be in Argentina.
In another high-profile pairing, Serbia will host Balkan rival Croatia in a matchup that could feature Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic vs. U.S. Open winner Marin Cilic.
Also, the Czech Republic will host Australia, and Italy will travel to Kazakhstan.