Davis Cup Group I ties will happen between September 13-15, with 24 international locations battling for 12 seats in 2020 Davis Cup Qualifiers spherical. Three venues have already been introduced and one among six Europe / Africa group ties will see Finland internet hosting Austria within the 6000-seater Espoo Metro Areena in Espoo, the second largest metropolis in Finland after Helsinki. Finland had a stellar Davis Cup marketing campaign in 2018, ousting Tunisia, Lithuania and Egypt within the deciding fifth rubber because of Henri Heliovaara and Emil Ruusuvuori, reaching Group I for the primary time since 2012 and hoping to take an much more vital step in September in opposition to Austria with out Dominic Thiem.
The captain Jarkko Nieminen will put together the absolute best squad for this vital conflict and with rivals with no gamers contained in the top-100 alongside Thiem however with respectable indoor opponents and doubles veteran Jurgen Melzer who’s again from the retirement. Austria and Finland performed 5 instances earlier than and Finland is but to style the win, shedding Three-2 of their final conflict in 2003 when Melzer defeated Tuomas Ketola in 5 units in St. Anton on an indoor carpet court docket. In Americas group, Venezuela is the host in opposition to Ecuador however because of the present political scenario within the nation, they’ve determined to maneuver the motion to Doral Park Nation Membership in Florida, USA.
Ranging from 1963, these two international locations have met 11 instances and that is going to be their first encounter exterior South America, with Ecuador main 6-5, taking all 4 ties on clay however trailing 5-2 on exhausting court docket. Venezuela gained the final 4 ties on exhausting will attempt to lengthen that hole in Doral, standing as among the best South American squad on exhausting court docket. Uruguay will host the Dominican Republic in Carrasco Garden Tennis Membership, in Montevideo on clay, competing in Group I for the primary time in 4 years and trying to make an additional step and attain the elite group in 2020.
For the primary time in historical past, Uruguay has gained seven straight Davis Cup ties in 2017 and 2018, beating Cuba, Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Venezuela and Mexico, racing from Group III to Group I and in search of one other one with an in-form Pablo Cuevas within the workforce. The venue for the opposite 9 Group I ties can be introduced within the following weeks.