The International Tennis Federation (ITF) completed the draw on Tuesday for the Qualifying Round of Davis Cup by BNP Paribas which will be held on February 1 and 2, 2019. Following the initial draw last month, Canada did not learn the identity of their next opponent because the play-off round of the Africa/Europe zone Group I needed to be completed first. Canada learned Tuesday that they will face Slovakia on the road. The choice of surface, the venue as well as the players who will compete for both teams will be announced at a later date.
Canada will play in the Davis Cup Qualifying Round with the hope of earning a spot in the Davis Cup Finals which will be held next November in Madrid. Under the new Davis Cup format, the Qualifying Round will see twelve seeded nations each go up against an unseeded nation, with the winner advancing to the Finals. Canada is among the seeded countries thanks to their recent victory over the Netherlands.
Slovakia, led by world no. 46 Martin Klizan, earned the right to face Canada after defeating Belarus 3-1. Klizan picked up three points in the win.
This will be the second Davis Cup meeting between Canada and Slovakia. The Slovaks came out on top in the first encounter, 4-1 at IGA Stadium in Montreal in September of 1997.
DAVIS CUP QUALIFYING ROUND
February 1-2, 2019
Brazil v BELGIUM
Uzbekistan v SERBIA
AUSTRALIA* v Bosnia/Herzegovina
India v ITALY
GERMANY v Hungary
SWITZERLAND v Russia
KAZAKHSTAN* v Portugal
CZECH REPUBLIC v Netherlands
Colombia* v SWEDEN
AUSTRIA v Chile
Slovakia v CANADA
China v JAPAN
The host nations are listed first, the seeded nations are in capitals.
*Host nations determined by lot.