Davis Cup 2015: Great Britain to meet United States in first round

Colin Fleming (L) and Andy Murray in Davis Cup action
Colin Fleming (L) and Andy Murray in Davis Cup action for Great Britain

Great Britain will face seventh seeds the United States in next year's Davis Cup World Group first round.

Leon Smith's side will have home advantage for the tie, which will take place from 6-8 March 2015, and can choose their preferred venue.

Unseeded Great Britain were guaranteed to be paired with one of the eight seeded countries in the first round.

Great Britain beat the USA 3-1 last year to reach the Davis Cup quarter-finals for the first time since 1986.

Smith said: "That win was a fantastic upset, and we'll be looking to try and increase our odds once again and get another win this time on home soil."

If they progress this time around, they will earn another home tie against either France or Germany in a quarter-final which would take place the week after Wimbledon.

2015 Davis Cup World Group: Full first-round draw
France (1) v Germany
Switzerland (2) v Belgium
Czech Republic (3) v Australia
Serbia (4) v Croatia
Argentina (5) v Brazil
Italy (6) v Kazakhstan
United States (7) v Great Britain
Canada (8) v Japan
Seeds in brackets. Home side in bold.

Great Britain missed out on a first Davis Cup semi-final in 33 years when Italy fought back to win their last-eight encounter 3-2 in Naples in April.

Switzerland meet France in the 2014 final, which will take place in France from 21-23 November.

Analysis - Russell Fuller, BBC tennis correspondent
James Ward's heroics gave Britain the edge against the USA in January on a clay court laid out on a baseball field, but there won't be a grain of clay in sight when Great Britain hosts the return at an indoor venue in the first week of March.
The Bryan brothers will present a formidable hurdle in the doubles, but the draw could have been much more hostile, with Serbia and Switzerland in the other half.
Leon Smith's team would be guaranteed a home tie should they reach the quarter-finals, but that's when Britain's lack of depth would be even more sorely tested. Their opponents then could be this year's finalists France, with six top 50 players to choose from.

World number three Roger Federer helped the Swiss reach their first Davis Cup final in 22 years with a 3-2 win over Italy in Geneva.

France progressed to the final after completing a 4-1 win over defending champions the Czech Republic.

The two finalists headed the seedings for the 2015 edition of the tournament.