The ITF has announced the venues for the 2013 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group and World Group II ties, and Zone Group events.
For the third consecutive year the Olympic Stadium in Moscow will stage Russia’s World Group Fed Cup first round tie, which in 2013 will be against Japan. The Asian nation, who are back in the World Group for the first time since 2007, are bidding to become the first nation to defeat the Russians in the opening round since 2006.
The CEZ Arena in Ostrava will host Czech Republic's tie against Australia while three-time champion Italy takes on USA on indoor clay in the 105 Stadium in Rimini, which is hosting a Fed Cup tie for the first time. Serbia return to the hard courts of Hala Cair in Nis for their meeting against the newly-promoted Slovak Republic.
Sweden’s Fed Cup team will travel to Parque Roca in Buenos Aires for their World Group II first round tie against Argentina; Switzerland will host Belgium at the Sporthalle Wankdorf in Bern, and France will meet Germany at the Palais des Sports Beaublanc in Limoges. All World Group and World Group II first round ties will take place on 9-10 February.
Europe/Africa Zone Group I will be hosted by the Israel Tennis Association in Eilat on outdoor hard courts for the third successive year. The National Tennis Centre in Astana will stage Asia/Oceania Zone Groups I and II and Americas Zone Group I will take place at the Country Club de Ejecutivos in Medellin. These four events will be played during the week commencing 4 February.
World Group first round (9-10 February)
Czech Republic v Australia
CEZ Arena, Ostrava, Czech Republic (hard, indoors)
Italy v USA
105 Stadium, Rimini, Italy (clay, indoors)
Russia v Japan
Olympic Stadium, Moscow, Russia (hard, indoors)
Serbia v Slovak Republic
Hala Cair, Nis, Serbia (hard, indoors)
World Group II first round (9-10 February)
Switzerland v Belgium
Sporthalle Wankdorf, Bern, Switzerland (hard, indoors)
Argentina v Sweden
Parque Roca, Buenos Aires, Argentina (clay, outdoors)
Spain v Ukraine
Extension granted until 26 October
France v Germany
Palais des Sports Beaublanc, Limoges, France (clay, indoors)
Zone Group events w/c 4 February
Americas Zone Group I
Country Club de Ejecutivos, Medellin, Colombia (clay, outdoors)
Asia/Oceania Zone Groups I & II
National Tennis Ctr., Astana, Kazakhstan (hard, indoors)
Europe/Africa Zone Group I
Municipal Tennis Club, Eilat, Israel (hard, outdoors)
w/c 15 April
Europe/Africa Zone Group II
Bellevue Club, Ulcjni, Montenegro (clay, outdoors)
w/c 6 May
Europe/Africa Zone Group III
Terraten Club, Chisinau, Moldova (clay, outdoors)
w/c 15 July
Americas Zone Group II
Maya Country Club in Santa Tecla, El Salvador (clay, outdoors)