Australia’s path back to Davis Cup Finals has been laid out.
As Spain celebrated its latest Davis Cup triumph in Madrid, the draw for the 2020 Qualifiers was held.
The Australians, who were knocked out in the quarterfinals in Madrid on Friday, will need to qualify to progress back to the 18-nation finals next year.
They will host Brazil on March 6 and 7, with a venue yet to be determined.
Australia hosted Bosnia & Herzegovina at the same stage of the competition in February this year, earning a 4-0 victory in Adelaide that sent the team into the inaugural finals.
In all, there will be 12 home-and-away ties across the globe as 24 nations vie to take part in the Madrid Finals next November.
This year’s semifinalists — Spain, Canada, Great Britain and Russia — and wildcards France and Serbia have already been confirmed for Finals.
The qualifiers will consist of four singles matches and one doubles match with all matches played over the best-of-three tiebreak sets. Two singles matches will be played on Friday 6 March, with the doubles match followed by two reverse singles matches on Saturday 7 March.
Those who lose the qualifiers will compete in World Group I ties in September 2020.
2020 Davis Cup Qualifiers
Croatia (c) v Pakistan or India
Hungary (c) v Belgium
Colombia (c) v Argentina
United States (c) v Uzbekistan
Australia (c) v Brazil
Italy (c) v South Korea
Germany (c) v Belarus
Kazakhstan (c) v Netherlands
Slovakia (c) v Czech Republic
Austria (c) v Uruguay
Japan (c) v Ecuador
Sweden (c) v Chile
* (c denotes choice of venue)