Sunday’s draw also determined that 2019 champion Croatia will face the winner of the Pakistan vs. India series, while Australia will play Brazil and Colombia will face Argentina. Other matchups include: Hungary vs. Belgium; Italy vs. South Korea; Germany vs. the Netherlands and Japan vs. Ecuador.
The 12 home-and-away ties will consist of four singles matches and one doubles match in best-of-three sets. All series will be played March 6-7, with the winners qualifying for the 2020 finals in Madrid.
This year’s semifinalists already qualified — Britain, Canada, Spain and Russia. France and Serbia have been given wild-card entries. The revamped 18-team finals — reduced to one week in one city and three matches per tie — is the result of a 25-year partnership between the International Tennis Federation and Kosmos, an investment group co-founded by Barcelona star Gerard Piqué.
The overhaul was aimed at making the traditional team competition more attractive and lucrative.
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