The first edition of Davis Cup Qualifiers is right behind us, with 12 teams securing the place at Davis Cup finals in Madrid in November and the other 12 that will compete in Group I in September. The draw for the Gropi I and Group II took place on Wednesday in ITF Headquarters in London, forging 12 Group I ties that will give 12 participants for 2020 Davis Cup Qualifiers.
The ties will take place between September 13-14 and it will be a two-day action with best-of-three matches under the new Davis Cup rules implemented for 2019. Brazil lost to Belgium in the tie that should have won and they will now face Barbados at home to secure the place in the Davis Cup Qualifiers again next February.
Venezuela will host Ecuador while Uruguay play at home against the Dominican Republic. By the will of the draw, India should travel to Pakistan for the first time since 1964 although that's anything but certain considering the history between two countries and their current relations.
Lebanon will try to oust Uzbekistan and China prepare to host Korea, in what should be another exciting clash. The top seeds of the Europe/Africa Zone, the Czech Republic will travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina after losing at home against the Netherlands last weekend, with two Scandinavian ties as well, as Sweden host Israel and Finland play against Austria.
In another balanced tie, Ukraine will travel to Hungary while Slovakia seek the first win at home this year in a clash against Switzerland, losing a tight battle against Canada on Saturday. Belarus host Portugal and it should be interesting to follow the matches and see which 12 countries will secure Davis Cup Qualifiers berth for 2020 and get the opportunity to maybe compete at Davis Cup finals in November as well.