2006 World Group Draw
The World Group Draw has been made and can be viewed here:
Croatia (s) v Austria (c)
Argentina (s)(c) v Sweden
Spain (s) v Belarus (c)(*)
Australia (s) v Switzerland (c)
Germany (c) v France (s)
Netherlands (c) v Russia (s)
Romania v USA (s) (c)
Chile (c) v Slovak Republic (s)
Nations seeded according to ITF Davis Cup Nations Ranking:
1/2. Croatia/Slovak Republic, 3. Spain, 4. Russia, 5. Australia, 6. France, 7. Argentina, 8. USA
Austria, Belarus, Chile, Germany, Netherlands, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland.
(s) = seeded nation
(c) = choice of ground
* = choice of ground decided by lot
The draw for the 2006 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas will take place on Thursday 29 September in Paris at the offices of BNP Paribas, 3 Rue d’Antin at 12:00 local time (10:00 GMT).
Croatia and Slovak Republic top 2006 World Group seedings
Croatia and Slovak Republic will top the seedings for the draw for the World Group of the 2006 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas, which takes place in Paris on Thursday 29 September.
SEEDS FOR 2006 WORLD GROUP DRAW:
1/2. Croatia/Slovak Republic
According to the Davis Cup Regulations, the two finalist nations are seeded No. 1 and No. 2 in the World Group for the following year, and will be drawn in opposite halves of the draw. Seeds 3-8 are in accordance with the latest Davis Cup Nations Ranking.
Spain retains its No. 1 position on the new ITF Davis Cup Nations Ranking ahead of 2002 champion Russia, who switches places with Australia. Croatia climbs three places to No. 4, while Slovak Republic rises two places to No. 6.
Seedings for the Zonal Group I and Group II competitions will also be based on the latest Davis Cup Nations Ranking, which is published following every Davis Cup weekend.
Here's a spreadsheet (pdf) I created to show the locations of all World Group ties in 2006: