The United States have drawn a South American opponent in the first round for the second year in a row in round one of Davis Cup play in drawing Chile. Chile is expected to play the Americans on red clay, the favorite surface of almost any team playing the United States. Chile is a tough squad when at full strength, led by Fernando Gonzalez, who is currently injured, but should be available when this matchup takes place.
A trip to Chile will be a tough first test for the new U.S. captain after Patrick McEnroe retired following last weekend’s 3-1 playoff win in Colombia. Even with a win over Chile, the road to the Davis Cup Championship wouldn't get easier for the Americans, as their quarterfinal matchup would most likely be against a loaded squad from Spain, a four-time Davis Cup winner since 2000.
Davis Cup finalist Serbia will open against India at home. Fellow finalist France will travel to Austria to kick off next year’s campaign. Spain will travel to Belgium, and in other matchups, Germany travels to Croatia, Sweden will play host to Russia, and Argentina is home to Romania.
The first round of Davis Cup 2011 action will begin March 4-6, 2011 and the quarterfinals are set for July 8-10, 2011.