Davis Cup: Great Britain drawn against USA in World group

Last Updated: 18/09/13 7:15pm

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Great Britain: Will take on Jim Courier's United States in February

Great Britain: Will take on Jim Courier's United States in February

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Great Britain have been drawn to play the United States away in the first round of the Davis Cup World Group next year.

In their first game back in the elite group of world tennis since 2008, Leon Smith's team will travel to across the pond in February.

Andy Murray won both his singles and the doubles with Colin Fleming as the British defeated Croatia 4-1 in Umag last weekend.

Davis Cup World Group draw:

Germany v Spain
Czech Republic v Netherlands
Japan v Canada
France v Australia
USA v Great Britain
Argentina v Italy
Kazakhstan v Belgium
Serbia v Switzerland

It will be the first time the two countries have been drawn against each other since 1999, when the United States won a thriller 3-2, in a rivalry which began back in 1900 between the two nations.

The Americans have featured in the World Group first round every year since 1989 and lost out to finalists Serbia in the quarter-finals this year.

Jim Courier is likely to call upon the likes of John Isner, Sam Querrey, Ryan Harrison and the best doubles team in the world, the Bryan brothers Bob and Mike.

The British team, who are without a win at world level since defeating Spain back in March 1986, will take on fourth seeds Argentina or Italy in the quarter-finals should they advance.

Elsewhere in the draw defending champions and top seeds Czech Republic were drawn to host the Netherlands, while their final opponents in November, Serbia, who are seeded second, will take on Switzerland in a clash that offers the prospect of world No 1 Novak Djokovic against multiple grand-slam winner Roger Federer.

Five times champions Spain travel to Germany, Canada take on Japan and France will host Australia in the top half of the World Group draw.

In the other half Italy face Argentina and Belgium have been handed a tricky trip to Kazakhstan.

Coach Smith said on the LTA's Twitter feed: "It is an exciting tie in prospect with fans remembering the great drama when the nations last met.

"We'll go into the tie with a lot of confidence and look forward to it."

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