The U.S. will be the No. 1 seed in the Playoff and can draw any of the following unseeded nations: Germany (at home), Japan (away), Ukraine and Slovak Republic (host nation determined by coin toss). The draw will take place on Tuesday, February 14.
Should the U.S. win the Playoff in April, they will compete in the World Group next year and contend for the 2013 Fed Cup title.
Venus Williams will return from illness and her sister, Serena, will play Fed Cup for the first time in nearly five years after being selected in the U.S. team to meet Belarus in a Feb. 4-5 World Group II match at Worcester, Mass.
It would be great to see the sisters play doubles for the Fed Cup match, but then again always great to see either of them play!